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Development Innovation Fund

24 Mar 2010 - 12:40 by michelle.foster

This new £7 million fund encourages community-based organisations across the UK to develop specific, small-scale, one-off projects that directly target poverty in the developing world whilst at the same time significantly developing awareness of the work within the UK.

Grants of up to £60,000 are available.

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Manchester Community Central - Question Time

15 Mar 2010 - 11:50 by mike.wright

At our launch event the Programme Manager gave a pledge that answers to questions posed would appear in our e-bulletin.  These are a selection of questions and answers.  The full event report with more detailed answers will be published soon.


Managing Expectations

Q:  Please be specific on what your resources and targets are so people are aware of capacity limitations

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BIG Chat

12 Mar 2010 - 15:44 by michelle.foster

On 16 March between 1pm and 3pm the Chair of Big Lottery Fund, Sir Clive Booth, will be taking part in a live web chat.

You can send your questions to BIG for Sir Clive to answer online between now and 16 March.

The Big Lottery will also be putting questions to the chairs of their decision-making committees in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Their answers will be recorded and uploaded as a podcast ahead of the BIG chat.

For further information, visit: www.bigchat.org.uk

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The Commissioning Support Programme

12 Mar 2010 - 15:36 by michelle.foster

The Commissioning Support Programme wants to work with commissioners and others working in children’s services to build a lively and engaging community of practice that will help commissioners achieve better outcomes for children and young people.

The Commissioning Support Programme (CSP) has developed a collaborative section on its website to support people involved in commissioning children and young people’s services.

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Skills - Third Sector - Apprentice Framework Consultation

11 Mar 2010 - 18:01 by michelle.foster

Skills – Third Sector is writing a framework for apprenticeships to meet the needs of third sector organisations.
They want to make sure that the framework structure reflects the views of third sector employers, training providers and people who want to work for charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations.

The consultation is now open and will run until 28 April 2010.

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The FSI Community

11 Mar 2010 - 17:58 by michelle.foster

From Wednesday 10 March small charities will be able to log on to the Community to chat with other charities, share information, join in online forums discussing the issues that affect them the most, and access exclusive online FSI content. 

The FSI Community is like Facebook for small charities and it is totally free to register and use. 
For further information, visit: http://www.thefsi.org/category/news/.

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NCVO Guidance for voluntary groups

11 Mar 2010 - 17:51 by michelle.foster

NCVO have prepared a resource sheet for organisations worried about possible changes to the funding they get from public bodies.  It highlights some of the main issues that organisations are coming across and gives ideas for action that can be taken. 

To access this resource, visit: http://www.compactvoice.org.uk/information/102232/new_financial_year_guidance/.

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Greater Manchester Sports Fund

11 Mar 2010 - 16:41 by michelle.foster

The Greater Manchester Sports Fund aims to ensure that young people aged 12-21 competing in any kind of sport, irrespective of background, get the help they need to fulfil their potential.  Support is offered to talented young people, both able bodied and disabled who may otherwise not be able to afford to develop their sports skills.

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Mediabox Funding

8 Mar 2010 - 15:49 by michelle.foster

Mediabox funding is available for organisations to work with disadvantaged young people on youth led media projects.

Mid Mediabox is open for applications, grants of £5,000 - £20,000 are available.
Mid Mediabox is a mid-level grant open to established youth organisations that may or may not have delivered media projects in the past. This grant can be used to develop a new creative idea and/or to promote a completed youth-led media project to a wider audience.

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