Normal life is on hold for a while. Which means Birmingham’s small community groups and projects are more important than ever. 

As well as our online surgeries, Birmingham Community Matters is holding webinars (online seminars), around setting up a community groups and fundraising. We’ll take suggestions for other topics too.

If you need support with video calling, we can help: just ask. 

> See our page for Selly Oak NNS groups

‘Writing better funding applications’

During this interactive, informative online session, fundraising expert John Ellery from Get Grants will explore what’s needed to boost your chances at securing funding for your community group or project.

It will take place on Zoom between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Tuesday 23 February: sign up here.

You can always email us at info@birminghamcommunitymatters.org.uk for support or further information.

‘Choosing a structure and running your group’

This online session is for people at the earliest stages of setting up community groups. The informal and interactive webinar looks at: 

* Key things to consider for your group when choosing a structure
* what a management committee does
* running meetings
* what you need to open a community bank account.

The next one is on Monday 1 March at 11am sign up here . Please email us at info@birminghamcommunitymatters.org.uk if you’re interested in joining us, either at that one or a future session. 

Severn Trent Community Fund: Virtual Workshop

Launched in January 2020, the Severn Trent Community Fund supports new projects that make a difference to people, places and the environment.

You can learn about the community projects the fund has already supported on this inspiring story map.

We’re delighted that Sue Heyes, funding officer for the Severn Trent Community Fund, is holding a virtual workshop for Birmingham Community Matters. During the morning session Sue will talk you through the fund criteria and how to apply. 

It’s taking place online at 10am on Tuesday 2 March

To book a place please email Sue via sue.heyes@severntrent.co.uk. Once you have registered, you will receive details of how to log on to the workshop.  

Feedback from our first webinars: 

“Good both on sources of funding and tips. Clear presentations and bang up to date!” 

“The information was very clearly presented and the webinar provided really helpful networking opportunities.”

“I thought that Jo [BCM’s Development Coordinator] and John [of Get Grants] presented wonderfully in an informative and reassuring manner given the current funding climate.”

“Felt relaxed and well organised. Easy to follow. Great advice. Good platform to use as well.”

Read about our online surgeries and see our round-up of resources for Birmingham community groups in response to the coronavirus crisis.