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Freemasons' Grand Charity

4 Feb 2011 - 11:36 by michelle.foster


Grants are currently given in the categories of medical research, vulnerable people and youth opportunities.

The charities supported by the Grand Charity are chosen because they aim to make a significant difference to people in need, provide maximum impact by benefitting as many people as possible and support issues that individual Freemasons and their families are concerned about.

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Active at 60

27 Jan 2011 - 09:27 by michelle.foster

The new fund has been set up to help older people across the boroughs of Manchester, Rochdale and Salford to keep active and continue to show that you’re never too old to get fit.

Grants of between £250 and £3000 are now available to groups that have an annual income of £50,000 or under.

To ensure that groups avoid disappointment they are being urged to get completed applications in as soon as possible.

The Active at 60 Fund has come from the Department for Work and Pensions and is being delivered in partnership with the Community Development Foundation.

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Church Urban Fund Mustard Seed Programme

27 Jan 2011 - 09:26 by michelle.foster

Church Urban Fund awards to community groups offering all kinds of support to people living in England's poorest communities.

The Church Urban Fund's Mustard Seed Programme provides grants of up to £5,000 to enable churches and faith-based organisations working in very deprived communities to engage in social action.

Mustard Seed Grants can pay for specific activities but not for on-going revenue expenditure, existing salary costs, deficit funding, or retrospective spending. Capital projects are considered low priority unless directly linked to starting up a new project.

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'Art Republic' declared at Gorton Market

27 Jan 2011 - 09:26 by michelle.foster

For the next two months, until 31 March, Gorton Market hosts Gortonia: Republic of Art, a new and exciting scheme that aims to bring together the people of Gorton through a series of free art workshops.

Incorporating free classes in everything from painting to drawing and photography, the initiative is run by Gorton People Stronger Together, a brand new community group established for the benefit of the people who live, work and go to school in Gorton.

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Justice for All campaign

26 Jan 2011 - 14:27 by michelle.foster

Justice for All is a national campaign group which has been formed to press for "free, independent advice and representation on legal matter". The group's membership includes well known national agencies such as Citizens Advice Bureau, Advice UK, Shelter, RNIB, Scope and Mencap.

A particular focus for the campaign is access to support around welfare rights: the concern is that access to advice is under threat at a time when the welfare system is undergoing major reform with many of the most vulnerable members of society at risk of losing the support on which they depend.

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Triangle Trust 1949 Fund

26 Jan 2011 - 12:17 by michelle.foster

The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund Grant is provided and administered by The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund. The scheme is intended to support small registered charities undertaking projects for the benefit of local communities.

The Trust awards funding to registered charities in the UK undertaking projects for the benefit of local communities. Grants are normally in the range of £1,000 to £10,000 with the majority of grants around £4,000 to £5,000.

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Antigone Fund

26 Jan 2011 - 12:16 by michelle.foster

The Antigone Fund is provided and administered by Antigone, the Martha Lane Fox’s Charitable Foundation.

The scheme is intended to support charitable organisations working in the following areas:
• Helping people at risk of becoming involved in crime and the criminal justice system
• Helping people trying to make a new life for themselves in society
• Using new technology

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Manchester Community Learning Champions Blog is launched!

20 Jan 2011 - 12:21 by cheryl.mcalister

Community Learning Champions promote the value of learning to others – friends, relatives, and workmates – and encourages them to get involved, they promote the value of learning but are impartial and do not ‘sell’ a particular course or provider. They are often individuals who have experienced learning that has made a positive change in their own life.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Manchester First Community Learning Champions project please contact Pat Mullin - Project Co-ordinator mullin.patrick9@gmail.com

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Grants available for the European Year of Volunteering

20 Jan 2011 - 10:01 by michelle.foster

The Cabinet Office has made available small scale contracts and grants for organistaions to develop and implement activity within England, as part of the national work programme for European Year of Volunteering.

2011 has been designated as the European Year of Volunteering within the European Union. The purpose of the Year is to support the efforts of member states and civil society organisations to create conditions which are conducive to the development of volunteering across Europe.

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NHS Choose Well Survey

20 Jan 2011 - 09:59 by michelle.foster


The Manchester Community Health Customer Experience Team has been involved in promoting the NHS ‘Choose Well’ initiative. Choose Well is an NHS campaign that aims to help people in the North West to understand which NHS service to use if they need fast and effective treatment for minor illnesses and ailments; and how to use 999 and A&E services appropriately.

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