New round of development opportunities grants scheme to run an event or use creative medium on current voluntary sector issues The Voluntary Sector Studies Network invites applications from members for proposals to support and develop an idea or activity that will benefit voluntary sector studies in the UK. What we fund? The grant encourages creative approaches using multi-media (such as podcasts, film/ animation) or can be used to fund seminars, workshops, roundtables, webinars and other activities linked to research, learning and teaching. The main focus will be to bring individual researchers and/ or practitioners and/or policy makers together to create a dialogue on a voluntary sector and volunteering related issue. In particular, we encourage applications that will provide on-going dialogue. The types of things we have funded before in 2020 and 2021:A series of online sessions that explored the issue of emotion and feelings in voluntary sector work. an in-person day event running a series of sessions exploring and acknowledging complexity and learning from failure during evaluation research. training for small charities in making no/low budget films which led to developing an online course. Each project can be for up to £750 and applications are due by 5th December 2022. More details of the grants and how to apply are available on our website. Applicants are required to fill out the application form either online or download and email to [email protected] We welcome applications from any VSSN member, but especially welcome applications from people from under-represented groups. For further information contact Vita Terry by emailing [email protected]. We will hold an online drop in session on the 1st November 2022 at 3 - 4pm to answer any queries about applying for the grant scheme. Please register in advance for this drop in session here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session.