Doing Things Differently

We recognise that organisations may need to work differently during these unprecedented times to ensure the needs of communities are met.

This new grant programme reflects our mission to support Birmingham, the Black Country, Coventry, Solihull  and Warwickshire based organisations in the best way we can through this difficult time.

‘Doing Things Differently’ – there’s grants of between £3,000 and £20,000 available to enable organisations to change the way they deliver their work to continue to meet the developing needs of their communities during Covid -19. This could include moving services to provide them digitally or redeploying staff to meet the changing needs of the community.

The funding is not to replace core costs, or a loss of income, if you have had to close your services due to Covid 19.

This fund is for organisations who are deeply rooted in their community.


  • Organisations with an annual income of up to £500,000
  • You will need to submit a copy of your most recent annual accounts
  • Provide a timeframe of activities and detailed breakdown of budget for up to 6 months of activity
  • You will need to submit your most recent bank statement (must be within the last 3 months)
  • We cannot fund any building work / building alterations
  • Please ensure you have evidenced why the additional costs are required in your application & evidence the need for the service in the new format
  • Please refer to our Essential Information section for detailed guidance on eligibility

Example funded project:

Go – Woman! Alliance GOAL strives to work with individuals, to provide provisions in both formal and informal learning opportunities throughout their lives, in order to foster the continuous development and improvement of the knowledge and skills needed for employment / self-employment and personal fulfilment.

GOAL deliver pre-entry learning in numeracy and literacy to women from Balsall Heath and the surrounding area, one of the most deprived in Birmingham.  This project would enable some learning to continue whilst face-to-face work is not possible. GOAL contacted around 100 of their learners and ascertained the technical access level of ability of each before submitting their application. They will be divided into small groups, based on their current ability and worksheets will be sent and returned via email. These small groups will meet via Zoom for around 30 minutes, a week, in line with the availability of each woman. Additional 1:1 work will also go on via Facetime/WhatsApp as needed. The WhatsApp group will also be used as a tool for social interaction, helping to combat isolation. Although less learning will take place, the purpose is to keep the women engaged so that when the centre is open again they will return, as well as looking after their mental health needs and keeping a sense of community amongst the women.

Please read our Essential Information before applying. 

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