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Community Cashback Starter grants are now available

9 Aug 2013 - 10:08 by michelle.foster

Starter grants of up to £3000 are available for tenant groups who are interested in 'Community Cashback' agreements with their landlords.

A Community Cashback agreement is a voluntary deal for tenants and residents to take control of small-scale local services such as cleaning, gardening etc. Any cost savings are kept by the resident group to use for community benefit.

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The Peak District Challenge 2013

9 Aug 2013 - 10:07 by michelle.foster

This is a brand new walking or running challenge in the Peak District National Park (easily accessible from Manchester by public transport) that you can share and enter to help to raise funds for your favourite charity.

There are four different challenge lengths - 25, 50, 80 or 90km to choose from and there is a great team ensuring all the participants will have a great (and safe) time as they take it on.

The Challenge takes place from Friday 20 September to – Saturday 21 September 2013.

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Manchester Disabled People’s Project

9 Aug 2013 - 10:06 by michelle.foster

Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) has a new 3-year project funded by Manchester City Councils Equalities Funding Programme. The project is open to any disabled person aged 15 and over, who lives in Manchester.

It will provide a range of information and support on independent living and other disability related issues, as well as providing one to one support, small group workshops, training and a comprehensive information resource.

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Web-based Gift Aid tool developed for smaller charities

8 Aug 2013 - 10:33 by michelle.foster

Gift Aid specialists Kvisio have launched GiftAid Online, a web-based tool for small charities (those with under 1,000 supporters), who want to make Gift Aid claims online through the HMRC Gateway.

The tool has been developed following the changes in HMRC's rules for online tax claims.

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Government Campaign to Get More People on the Electoral Register

8 Aug 2013 - 09:35 by michelle.foster

The Cabinet Office is inviting organisations to apply to deliver activity aimed at getting more people on the electoral register and increase levels of democratic engagement. This is part of the campaign launched by the Minister for Constitutional and Political Reform, Chloe Smith MP. Organisations are formally invited to apply for part of the £4.2million aimed at engaging groups which are currently under-represented on the electoral register.

Two new projects have been launched to which the Cabinet Office is inviting bids:

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Manchester City Council New Commissioning Structure

5 Aug 2013 - 18:20 by Nigel Rose
Manchester City Council have just gone live on their new commissioning structure and Macc is in discussion with them about putting on an event for the Voluntary and Community Sector to explain how it will work. The new structure is very different from the old one one which was organised around commissioners having responsibility for themes such as Youth and Play, Mental Wellbeing, Immigration Advice etc.
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New EU Procurement Laws

5 Aug 2013 - 16:41 by Nigel Rose
Procurement laws, or rather the poor application of them, can make a major difference in the ability of the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) to win and keep contracts. There has been continual criticism of the level of bureaucracy and inflexibility in EU procurement laws and as a result new laws are to be announced soon.
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Superfast Broadband Grants

2 Aug 2013 - 12:07 by michelle.foster

Manchester City Council for a time limited period can help fund broadband connection for small and medium-sized businesses, and charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations.

Manchester City Council will cover up to £3,000 of the connection costs. In most cases, the voucher (which will be accepted by most internet service providers, including the best-known household names) will cover the cost of getting connected, leaving you to just pay the VAT and monthly subscription cost.

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