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 fundraising, support for trustees, and financial planning in response to the coronavirus crisis. We’ll take suggestions for other topics too.

The next two are funding updates for community and voluntary organisations, hosted by us on Zoom and led by John Ellery of grant fundraising consultancy Get Grants. They will each last around an hour. 

If you need support with video calling, we will help. Just email info@birminghamcommunitymatters.org.uk after you’ve registered. 

Thursday 21 May, 11am
This webinar is for groups supporting older people in the Selly Oak area, as it has been funded by the Selly Oak Neighbourhood Networks Scheme. If you attended the first one (on Wednesday 29 April), you are very welcome to join us again. It will not be a direct repeat, although the themes will be similar. We will respond to questions raised in the first webinar and start look at funds related to transition and recovery.

We’re also encouraging new attendees from the area (that’s Billesley, Bournbrook, Selly Park, Bournville, Cotteridge, Brandwood, Kings Heath, Druids Heath, Monyhull, Highters Heath, Kings Norton North, Stirchley, Weoley and Selly Oak). You can sign up here.  

Thursday 28 May, 11am
This will be similar to the above – but for community groups and projects across the whole of Birmingham. It’s a valuable chance to get:
* Updates on the current funding environment 
* Information about support available for community groups or projects

* Your fundraising questions answered by an expert.
You can sign up here

Feedback from our first webinar: 
“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.