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Building Better Opportunities Funding Calls

The Big Lottery Fund has officially launched the second round of Building Better Opportunities funding, inviting applications to deliver 61 projects across 18 Local Enterprise Partnership areas totalling more than £132.6 million. This is the Big Lottery Fund’s match funding for...

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WPD Community Chest

The WPD Community Chest is a grant scheme which distributes awards of up to £1,000 to communities to reduce their energy use through improvements to village halls, scout huts and other community buildings. It is funded by the network operator Western Power Distribution (WPD) and...

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Gain an advantage for Big Lottery funding

                    Taking place on Thusday 14th May, at the Exchange in Wadebridge, CRCC are inviting local groups, that are thinking about or are in the process of submitting an application to Big Lottery’s Reaching...

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How to set a reserves policy for your charity

It is important to keep money aside as a reserve to protect your charity against drops in income or allow it to take advantage of new opportunities. Your charity’s reserves can be spent on any of its aims. However by law, your charity must spend income it receives within a reasonable...

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Vital Venues funded training for hall committees

Vital Venues is pleased to announce ‘Trustee Induction’ and ‘Business Planning’ workshops funded by Awards for All to support volunteers who manage village halls, community centres and other community buildings.     The Trustee Induction Workshop...

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Changes to VAT on buildings and construction

HMRC has made several changes to VAT Notice 708: buildings and construction, which was updated on 14 August and which cancels and replaces Notice 708 (April 2014). The following changes have been made to this Notice. Paragraph 2.1 has been amended to show VAT liability of works of...

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Community Buildings Checker

Are you a community group or organisation considering a new build community housing or buildings project and want to see whether it has the potential to be viable? Local groups taking on community building projects are now able to test their ideas using the new Community Buildings...

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Surplus Products Available For Charities

Claire Hurley July 25, 2014 Building maintenance Opportunities No Comments

In Kind Direct redistributes products from companies to charities, social enterprises and not for profit organisations.   Since 1996 they’ve redistributed hundreds of millions of pounds worth of goods and received product donations from 930 companies and delivered them to over...

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ACRE Community Loan Fund

ACRE Community Loan Fund Leading rural network ACRE has been re awarded the contract to manage a £700,000 Defra loan fund for rural community buildings. The Rural Community Buildings Loan Fund plays a crucial role in helping community groups renovate, refurbish and construct buildings...

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Are you undertaking your statutory duties ?

PREMISES LEGISLATION COMPLIANCE: CAN YOU DEMONSTRATE YOU ARE UNDERTAKING ALL YOUR STATUTORY DUTIES..? All public buildings have a statutory duty to demonstrate compliance with all relevant legislation. Project Design Consultancy are very experienced in this area having previously set...

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Insurance and Portable Appliance Testing

Martyn Ingram of Norris Fisher Insurance writes… We often have enquiries from committees asking how often insurers require their electronic items to be PAT tested.  This is a grey area and differs between insurers but often there are no strict requirements stipulated.   As...

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Capital grants to save local buildings

Over four million in capital grants available this summer to help more communities with ambitious ideas to save their local buildings Starting in July, capital grants between £100,000 and £500,000 are available to organisations ready to take the next step in acquiring a local asset....

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Funding success for St Issey Village Hall

St Issey Village Hall committee celebrate success after securing a grant from Green Cornwall Grant Fund to install air to air heat pumps. The present heating system is a number of old infra red radiant heaters. These were not fit for purpose as the hall use had developed from the...

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Solar Communities “Free Solar PV”

Cornish charity and social enterprise Community Energy Plus has launched its Solar Communities 2012 programme with a multi-million pound fund to offer free solar PV installations to Village Halls, Community Centres, Sports and Recreation Clubs, Churches, GP Surgeries, Private Schools,...

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Work Placement Experience Team Redecorate Centre of Pendeen

A team from the Work Skills Training Academy of Cornwall College under the direction of Steve Chaney has completely redecorated the Centre of Pendeen. The work was carried out under the work place experience scheme of Cornwall College in partnership with Job Centre Plus and Vital...

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Win a community building eco-makeover worth up to £10,000

  The Western Morning News has teamed up with Calor Gas to launch a new competition which aims to give a community building in the Westcountry an eco-makeover worth up to £10,000. Nomination forms can be downloaded from www.calorenergycentre.co.uk/makeover or by emailing...

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Help with building maintenance

admin November 15, 2011 Building maintenance Funding No Comments

Vital Venues is helping community building management committees maintain their halls by working in partnership with a new scheme from Cornwall College. Members of Vital Venues can access free labour to help with repairs and maintenance.  Projects include painting and decorating,...

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