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Nationwide Foundation Small Grants Programme

5 Mar 2010 - 15:27 by michelle.foster

The Nationwide Foundation has expanded its Small Grants Programme criteria for charities working with older people. The previous age restrictions have now been removed, and work can benefit any older person to improve their housing needs or address financial exclusion.

This programme offers grants of up to £5,000 to registered charities with incomes of under £500,000, which fit within their funding guidelines.

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Hilden Charitable Fund – Funding for Summer Playschemes

5 Mar 2010 - 15:04 by michelle.foster

The Hilden Charitable Fund has announced that their 2010 Summer Play Schemes Grants is now open for applications.

The Hilden Charitable Fund annually awards grants to help community groups in the UK run summer play schemes for the benefit of children aged five to 18 years from refugee and ethnic minority families.

Grants of around £1,000 are available to voluntary agencies with an income of less than £150,000 running play schemes lasting for two to six weeks.

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Manchester Community Central Launch Event Presentation

26 Feb 2010 - 15:11 by michelle.foster

The launch event for Manchester Community Central took place on Monday 22nd February.

Over 100 people attended the event to find out more about the service and what we hope to achieve over the coming months.

The Manchester Community Central team presented the service to the attendees on the day.

If you didn’t get the opportunity to attend the event you can download the presentations below.

And you can send your own comments or questions in to info@mcrcommunitycentral.org.

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Developing third sector skills

26 Feb 2010 - 14:59 by michelle.foster

Skills – Third Sector is a new charity that aims to make it easier for charities and social enterprises to have the right skills to make a difference to people and their communities. It provides resources to support skills and workforce development, such as writing the national occupational standards (NOS) that outline the competencies that people need to do their jobs well, and by demonstrating why it is important to have skilled people in third sector organisations to enable them to influence decisions and policy.

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Review of Manchester City Council’s BME Fund Strategy

25 Feb 2010 - 09:40 by michelle.foster

A report on the Review of Manchester City Council’s BME Fund Strategy and Implementation Process has just been published.

Manchester City Council and the Manchester BME Network jointly commissioned CLES Consulting to undertake a review of its BME Funding Strategy and Implementation Process. The report sets out recommendations on how the Fund can be made more accessible and supportive to the needs of the BME communities in Manchester.

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Tesco Charity Trust — Community Awards

24 Feb 2010 - 11:59 by michelle.foster

The Tesco Charity Trust is inviting applications to its Community Awards scheme for work with older people and adults and children with disabilities.

Grants are made to charities throughout the UK, particularly to local communities close to Tesco stores. The Scheme makes one-off grants of between £1000 and £4000 to provide equipment or practical resources.

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Pilotlight offers free capacity building support for ambitious small to medium-sized third sector organisations

19 Feb 2010 - 15:25 by michelle.foster

Pilotlight brings together skilled professionals from the private sector to create growth and sustainability in small to medium-sized charities and social enterprises tackling disadvantage. Using a coaching/mentoring model, they focus on business planning and strategic thinking and work with leaders of organisations for 12-18 months.

For further information, visit: www.pilotlight.org.uk, or contact Pete Smith, on 0207 283 7017, or email: psmith@pilotlight.org.uk.
 

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Launch of iLearn

18 Feb 2010 - 14:41 by michelle.foster

This is a brand new project to develop the skills of the voluntary and community sector across Greater Manchester.

iLearn offers members of voluntary and community sector organisations in Greater Manchester access to learning by a variety of means, tailored to suit their learning needs.

These learning opportunities include informal, innovative arrangements such as:
• Action learning sets
• Work shadowing and
• Coaching and mentoring

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Big Lottery Fund – Reaching Communities Funding Programme

18 Feb 2010 - 14:39 by michelle.foster

 Good causes distributor the Big Lottery Fund has overhauled its £100 million-a-year Reaching Communities funding programme in a move intended to allow applicants to receive smaller sums of money more quickly.

The changes have been introduced following a consultation looking at how the Big Lottery Fund could improve its processes.

Previously, community and voluntary groups could apply for grants between £10,000 and £500,000 for up to five years but the consultation found that many organisations were looking for smaller amounts.

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