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20 Oct 2011 - 10:24 by michelle.foster

CRASH helps organisations that help homeless people which is achieved by helping with all aspects related to refurbishment of buildings and occasionally new build schemes.

Help is offered in 3 ways:
1. By providing professional expertise, this can be architects, quantity surveyors, project managers and specialist engineers.
2. They provide cash grants
3. They can try and source building materials free of charge from their list of Patron or supporting suppliers

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BT Community Web Kit

20 Oct 2011 - 09:14 by michelle.foster

BT has launched tools that let voluntary and community groups build and maintain their own simple website free of charge.

If you haven't already built a web site for your charity or not for profit community group, the internet is a great way to be seen - and a great way to reach out to people.

In just a few simple steps you can have an easy-to-build web site to help promote your charity or community group.

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Manchester Community Central Support to applicants to Silver Dreams

14 Oct 2011 - 16:26 by michelle.foster

The Big Lottery recently launched the Silver Dreams Fund, in association with the Daily Mail, offering an exciting new opportunity for groups to test out a range of ideas about new ways to support older people, whilst building on the wealth of experience and skills that they have to offer to others, including their families, neighbourhoods, and local communities.

The challenge is to come up with a great idea that will pioneer ways to help vulnerable older people deal more effectively with life-changing events.

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The Social Action Fund

14 Oct 2011 - 10:02 by michelle.foster

The Social Action Fund is a new grant fund of over £20 million managed by The Social Investment Business on behalf of the Office for Civil Society.

Worth over £20million, the fund will offer grants of £100,000 and more to projects across England that will expand volunteering and giving of time, money, knowledge and assets.

The Social Action Fund is open to applications to fund social action projects in England from:
• civil society organisations
• public sector bodies
• businesses with a track record of delivering social action programmes.

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Community First

14 Oct 2011 - 10:01 by michelle.foster

Community First is an £80m government-funded programme that will run for four years, until March 2015. It will help communities come together through new and existing community groups, to identify their strengths and local priorities, plan for their future and become more resilient.

Community First consists of the £30m Neighbourhood Matched Fund programme for some of the most deprived areas in the country and a national £50m Endowment Match Challenge.

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Reading the Riots

14 Oct 2011 - 10:00 by michelle.foster

Reading the Riots is a research project that is being run by the London School of Economics (LSE) University, together with the Guardian newspaper.

LSE and the Guardian think that politicians have jumped to lots of conclusions about the recent riots, and the only way to find out what really happened - and why - is to speak to some of those people involved, their families and their friends.

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Have your say on future Early Years services in Manchester

13 Oct 2011 - 16:22 by michelle.foster

Manchester’s services for 0 - 5 year olds are changing and Manchester City Council want as many people as possible to influence the decisions they make.

Manchester City Council have been proud of their childcare offer for many years, but the difficult economic climate means that, like many other authorities across the country, new ways of working must be found.

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Hurd’s Open Letter to the Sector

13 Oct 2011 - 10:54 by michelle.foster

Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd has set out the strategic framework for the programmes and work of the Office of Civil Society.

In recent months, the Coalition Government has made a number of policy announcements which have important implications for charities and social enterprises. In an open letter to the sector, Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, provides an update on the strategic framework in which they sit.

To read the letter, see below.

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Comic Relief – New Funding Available in Greater Manchester

7 Oct 2011 - 11:44 by michelle.foster

Forever Manchester, the Community Foundation for Greater Manchester have again been appointed by Comic Relief to manage and distribute its large grant scheme to community groups and projects across Greater Manchester.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for Community Groups, Resident Associations, Community Centres, Social Enterprises/ Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions.

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