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North Manchester Strategic Regeneration Framework - Consultation

9 Mar 2012 - 12:07 by michelle.foster

Manchester City Council is reviewing its plans for the ongoing transformation of North Manchester and need your views to help shape the future of the area.

In 2003 Manchester City Council published the North Manchester Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF). This framework identified the key strengths and opportunities of the area along with the main challenges and priorities for improvement. It then set out a 10-15 year plan to guide investment with a vision of creating successful "Sustainable Communities" where people want to live, close to the City Centre.

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Cash for Kids

9 Mar 2012 - 10:46 by michelle.foster

Key 103 and Magic 1152's Cash for Kids (formerly Manchester Kids) is a local charity supporting local children. All the money raised stays within the boundaries of Greater Manchester supporting children living in difficult circumstances.

Cash for Kids allocates funds to local charitable and voluntary projects that work directly with disadvantaged children. Projects are supported that deal with poverty, neglect, disability and distress affecting children across Greater Manchester providing better recreational facilities and safe spaces.

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ESF Community Learning Grants - Round 2 open

9 Mar 2012 - 10:44 by michelle.foster

Does your group want to help people overcome barriers and gain the skills and confidence to get back into work?

Nearly £2m is available to be given out over the next two years in the North West as ESF Community Learning Grants.

There are grants up to a maximum of £12,000 available to support some of the hardest to reach communities and individuals, to help people access further learning or training that could lead to employment.

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Communitybuilders Feasibility Grants

9 Mar 2012 - 10:44 by michelle.foster

Feasibility grants of a total of half a million are available for organisations looking to research and develop a sustainable and entrepreneurial idea that meets social needs of their local community.

Communitybuilders are looking to award between 20 and 30 grants and up to 5 days business support to high quality applicants with a proven track record. Organisations can apply for a maximum of £25,000 and minimum of £10,000 in this round of the Fund.

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Localism Act 2011

9 Mar 2012 - 10:42 by michelle.foster

The Localism Act comes into force in April 2012. This new piece of legislation is designed to award new power to local communities and give citizens greater opportunities to shape the area they live in.

The Localism Act contains a wide range of measures to devolve more powers to councils and neighbourhoods and give local communities greater control over local decisions like housing and planning.

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Cabinet Office Questionnaire on Expanding National Citizen Service

7 Mar 2012 - 15:43 by michelle.foster

The Cabinet Office are currently seeking views to help develop their plans for expanding National Citizen Service (NCS).

The Government’s long-term ambition is to make NCS a universal programme so that it becomes a rite of passage for all 16-year-olds.

To meet this ambition NCS needs innovative, high quality providers from all parts of the voluntary, private, and public sectors to contribute.

A period of market engagement has been launched because the Cabinet Office wants to understand more about what would motivate you to get involved in delivering NCS.

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Collyhurst to receive £1m lottery funds

29 Feb 2012 - 13:50 by michelle.foster

The Big Lottery has announced that 50 communities across England, including Collyhurst in Manchester, are each taking charge of £1million to spend on making their areas better places to live – in a pioneering Lottery funding scheme to empower local people.

The funding is part of a £200 million Big Lottery Fund initiative, called Big Local, which will give local people a key role in deciding how to improve their areas and tackle local problems.

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Charities Act Review

29 Feb 2012 - 11:58 by michelle.foster

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts has been appointed by the Minister for the Cabinet Office to undertake the statutory review of the Charities Act 2006, and consider whether further changes to the legal and regulatory framework for charities are desirable.

There are 2 surveys that can be completed one for members of the public and one for charities.

The survey for charities asks for views on how well the Charities Act 2006 has worked and the future legal and regulatory framework for charities.

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The Henry Smith Charity

29 Feb 2012 - 11:56 by michelle.foster

The Henry Smith Charity makes grants for work throughout the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. Applications can be made for revenue and capital activity. Priority is given to work with groups experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage, for example, people with disabilities; and work that tackles problems in areas of high deprivation, by which we mean those that fall within the bottom third of the National Indices of Deprivation.

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The Buy Better Together Challenge

29 Feb 2012 - 11:55 by michelle.foster

Have you devised new ways of buying collectively to help save money? Or do you have an amazing idea about communities working together that will deliver social benefits, that’s just waiting to come out

The Buy Better Together Challenge is an initiative by Co-operatives UK and BIS to inspire new models of community buying, stimulate enterprise and promote shared learning. A £60,000 pot will go towards training, mentoring and seed funding for stand out projects, including £15,000 for the overall winner.

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