Welcome to Community Help & Information Network Sandwell (CHAINS)


This website is a free resource to promote Sandwell's community sector and to provide help for community groups.

However, we also have loads of toolkits or advice sheets - free for anyone to use. Visit the SUPPORT section to find out more.

We also provide free software - Apply Yourself and Budget Yourself - to help with planning your next funding application.

If you live in Sandwell and want to find a group to join, or are looking to keep up with the latest local community news - this is the website for you too!

All of the resources for community groups here are FREE - including our latest  Capacity Building Strategy for community groups -

Although we have restricted the calendar facility on the site to just local groups to ensure our site primarily benefits Sandwell groups and communities.

If you want to find out more about how we developed our website see our CHAINS - Good Practice Guide (find out more about how we developed our website).

Local groups wanting to promote themselves, their activities or events need to register first.

All we need are a few basic details from you - to help us ensure we keep CHAINS as a resource primarily about local people and groups.

Adding information onto the site is quick and easy - but if you aren't confident about doing this you can always send us your information and we will even upload it for you...find out more.


Latest news

Prince’s Countryside Fund Due to Re-open in January 2017 (UK)

The Prince's Countryside Fund is currently closed but will re-open for applications in January 2017. Each year the fund makes...

Funding | Mon, 24 Oct 2016

Sutton Trust Summer School Programme (UK)

The Sutton Trust has announced that its Summer Schools programme will re-open for application in January 2017. The Sutton Trust summer...

Funding | Mon, 24 Oct 2016

The National Churches Trust – Community Grants Programme (UK)

The National Churches Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 29th November 2016. The Community Grants...

Funding | Mon, 24 Oct 2016

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Mon Oct 24 @08:00 - 04:00PM
Glebefields Libary
Tue Oct 25 @21:00 - 11:00PM
Weekly meets
Wed Oct 26 @10:00 - 12:00PM
Drop In - Smethwick