PwC Foundation UK seeking new charity partners

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The PwC Foundation is looking for new charity fundraising partners! The PwC Foundation has two main focus areas: Social mobility and Mental health & wellbeing.


We are looking for two national charity fundraising partners, one in each focus area, each to join us for a two-year partnership, from 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2019.

If your organisation is interested to hear more, please email us at

Business finance and mentoring – The Empowerment Fund – BiggaBusinessUK

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We’re launching The Empowerment Fund with Bigga Business UK and we are looking for those who have got a business idea or are ready to start trading.





Football scholarship – UCFB and Reach Society

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Former footballer Clarke Carlisle is supporting a scheme to give black youths the opportunity to study a university degree which can lead to employment within the sports industry.


The former PFA chairman has described the partnership between Wembley Stadium-based university UCFB and The Reach Society as ‘formidable’ and, along with Kick it Out chair Lord Ouseley, has thrown his backing behind the scholarship worth £27,000.

Lord Herman Ouseley, Kick It Out chairman

The UCFB Reach Society Scholarship Programme, will provide significant financial support to two students from the Afro-Caribbean community, one male and one female, annually until 2018.

“The partnership between UCFB and the Reach Society is a formidable thing,” said Carlisle.

“The Reach Society are really reaching out, hence the name, into the inner-city communities to give young men and women hope, inspiration and hopefully – with this collaboration now – there’s opportunity with that as well.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to come and get an education in a phenomenal institution and get yourself on that ladder.”

The scholarship was launched on April 10 at the Reach Society’s third Careers Conference and applications must be submitted by Monday August 11.


At the event, Myles Ball, a third year UCFB undergraduate, shared the benefits he gained from his three years of study with UCFB and his plans after graduation.

Successful applicants will attend UCFB Wembley at the national stadium, where lecture theatres, seminar rooms, quiet study areas, library and media suites all overlook the stadium’s hallowed turf.

For more information go to:

Young entrepreneurs encouraged to “Think Bigga” at monthly mixer for start-ups

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Young entrepreneurs encouraged to “Think Bigga” at monthly mixer for start-ups

An inspirational networking event that hopes to help hundreds of 18-30 year olds kick-start their businesses returned to the capital last night.

Think Bigga Google 6Pic Bigga Business

Hosted at Google Campus, the Think Bigga Launchpad for young entrepreneurs featured leading business organisations, such as the Facebook Small Business team and was attended by students from Ravensbourne College and The BRIT School who partnered with Bigga Business, the organisation behind the event.

CEO of Bigga Business Nii Sackey said: ‘we have been truly inspired by the “everyday” stars that have built new businesses. It has been a great opportunity to partner with cutting edge colleges like The BRIT School and Ravensbourne to host this second Think Bigga event and help more young people start up tech, media and service businesses.’

The event was an opportunity for young people to hear from global creative tech companies and successful business start-ups with the hopes of joining an increasing number of young start-ups in the capital.

CEO’s of Chew TV Wil Benton and Ben Bowler spoke on the support they received for their start-up a live streaming and video on demand platform ‘We discovered Bigga Business and applied for a low interest loan to help us get off the ground. The team have been instrumental in our initial successes, having helped us through the business creation and introducing us to our mentor at MTV. It’s been an amazing process and one we’d recommend to anyone!’

About Bigga Business

Bigga Business ( launched in 2013 and provides young entrepreneurs with business finance and guidance through a start up loan and mentoring scheme. It’s part of the Bigga Fish social enterprise that has addressed the lack of opportunities for inner-city youth across the UK since 1999.

Bigga Business is an official delivery partner of The Start-Up Loans Company, a government backed agency, it offers:

  • Start up business investment in the form of a government low cost loan at a £6k average
  • Tailored high quality industry mentoring
  • Exclusive networking events for the Alumni to generate more business and meet other entrepreneurs.

Bigga Business is particularly focused on the ages 23-29 and ideally looking for either people who have existing businesses would want to get extra investment in to grow, or those with strong business ideas but don’t have access to finance.

Repayment of the loan is structured at 6% per annum, which is the lowest on the market and a lower rate than student loans.

Bigga Business


Funding Updates

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Trust for London
The Trust are interested in work that develops new ways of addressing the root cause of London’s social problems, especially work which has the potential to influence and change policy, practice and public attitudes. The Trust is willing to take risks by supporting unpopular causes and activities that government is unlikely to fund. Deadline for application is 4 February 2014. For more information please visit

Greggs Foundation
These regional grants aim to help community organisations to deliver activities that they would not otherwise be able to and provide new experiences for the most disadvantaged people. Grants of up to £2,000 are available; priority will be given to organisations that have Greggs shops or premises nearby. Deadline for application is 17 February 2014. For more information please visit

Heart Research UK
Innovative projects designed to promote heart health and prevent the risks of heart disease in specific groups of communities are eligible to apply. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available. Deadline for applications is 28 February 2014. For more information please visit

GeoVatin Challenge
Can you encourage active lifestyles in Britain? Do you have an idea/ project that will address this and can you submit an application before midday on 15 January 2013? The first prize is £30,000 with 3 runners up prizes of £25,000 each. For more information please visit


Meet the funder – Croydon – 20th January 2014

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Meet the Funder event, 20th January 2014
Come to our “Meet the Funder” event on the 20th January (10.00-13.00) to hear from three major Trusts what projects they are interested in and what areas of work they are funding. We will have:
You will also have the opportunity to book a one-to-one sessionwith the funder of your choice; please book as soon as possible as spaces are limited. The venue will be Cornerstone House, 14 Willis Road in West Croydon

Amos Bursary – Law students apply by 31st January

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AmosApplications for the Amos Bursary Programme are  being accepted for 2013.   The DEADLINE is 31 January 2013

To be eligible students need to fill the criteria below .

Who is eligible?

They need to be a UK resident studying for lower sixth qualifications. Students have to be in Year 12, male, African or Caribbean background, intending to go to University and at least two of the following criteria need to be relevant :

  • You attend a state school/academy/College in London
  • You require financial support to attend University due to family circumstances.
  • You are eligible for free school meals
  • Your have a limited tradition of attending University in the family
  • You are receiving support from social services
  • You come from a single parent family
  • Any economic or social disadvantage ( evidence required)  not listed above

If anyone knows a student who wishes to apply they need to fill in an application and email

The Amos Bursary website is