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BIG Lottery – Update

admin January 27, 2017 Big Lottery Funding No Comments

“We are closing the Reaching Communities Buildings programme from January 2017 as we consider the most effective ways to support ideas which centre on places and spaces. We are still able to fund small scale capital expenditure through our Reaching Communities programme –...

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The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund

admin December 16, 2016 Funding Opportunities No Comments

Galaxy Hot Chocolate are helping  small local community groups and projects a chance to win up to £300 from their fund.  Five donations will be made each week from the prize fund, four by a panel of judges and one from the Outstanding Volunteer Award to the organisation with the most...

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Charities Act 2016: Fundraising New Rules

New rules for charity fundraising start on 1 November 2016. They affect the trustees’ annual reports of larger charities that fundraise from the public, as well as the contents of the agreements that must be in place when professional fundraisers or other businesses (‘commercial...

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Creating Local IT Hubs

We can support your community venue to apply for a Big Lottery Awards for All Grant (maximum of £10,000) which could then go towards paying for IT services, training, equipment, furniture and a new or improved broadband connection. We can help you write the grant application and check...

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The Community Transport Fund

admin September 14, 2016 Funding Opportunities Procurement No Comments

The Department for Transport created the £25 million Community Transport Minibus Fund in December 2014 with the purpose of supplying new minibuses for not-for-profit community transport operators in England. The first round of funding saw more than 300 charities and community groups...

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Loan lifeline for village halls

admin September 8, 2016 Funding No Comments

The Rural Community Buildings Loan Fund plays a crucial role in helping community groups renovate, refurbish and construct buildings such as village halls, church halls and community centers. The £700,000 Defra fund, managed by ACRE, encourages communities to raise funds, knowing a...

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Charity Commission frozen until 2020

The Chancellor has today announced in the Spending Review a freeze to the Charity Commission’s funding over the next 4 years. The current funding for the commission in 2015/16 is £20.3 million. The new financial settlement for the next 4 years up to 2019/20 will therefore remain as...

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Take 2 – Mid Cornwall halls networking event a great success

On October 19th village hall and community centre volunteers met at Penwithick Community Hall to discuss funding opportunities, consultation, monitoring and evaluation. The evening started with a pasty supper and free time for chatting and networking. Halls saw 2 speakers talk about...

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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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New Dates for Trustee Induction Workshops

Vital Venues are pleased to announce 2 workshops in October on inducting Trustee’s. The workshop provides volunteers with an overview of all the important management responsibilities encountered when running a community building.  Comprehensive resources covering the aspects of...

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Join the national campaign for Community Building support

Village Halls say VAT is a Tax on Voluntary Effort The National Village Halls Forum says volunteers should not have to fundraise to pay VAT bills on improvement work to charity run community facilities. The Forum, which campaigns on behalf of 10,000 community buildings in rural...

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New training workshops for hall committees

Following the success of our workshops earlier this year we are pleased to announce the next series of Business Planning and Trustee Induction sessions. Feedback from previous sessions: Thanks for advice, guidance, ideas and documents – well presented. Illogan Preschool We need...

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Managing a sustainable community building

On Thursday 14th May CRCC held a joint event with Big Lottery to support community organisations with a building related project. The aim was to demonstrate what types of projects can attract funding from the Reaching Communities, Buildings programme and how to make a strong...

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Cornwall’s Community Buildings Adviser off to national event

Speakers at the Holiday Inn will include representatives of the Big Lottery Fund, the Centre for Sustainable Energy, Revenue & Customs, Locality and the Yorkshire Association of Local Councils. Solicitor Jonathan Dawson will be holding advice surgeries and there will also be a...

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Charity Commission guide: Charities and Trading

The Charity Commission have updated their very useful guide on charities and trading which forms part of their guidance for setting up and running a charity. Your charity is trading if it sells goods or services to customers. There are rules on what types of activities count as...

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Sita Cornwall Trust Flagship Fund deadline approaching

Nikki George April 22, 2015 Funding News Opportunities No Comments

The cut off date for application to Sita Cornwall Trust’s flagship fund is 30th April 2015. SITA Cornwall Trust must be the sole funder for projects to the value of at least £150,000 up to a maximum of £250,000. Projects must be completed by June 2016. The Trust’s specific...

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Cornwall Community Foundation’s approaching grant deadline and panel dates

Nikki George April 15, 2015 Funding News Opportunities No Comments

Community Foundation Grants Including the following funds – Benefiting Older People / China Clay / Tuppenny Trust / Penwith & IOS / Albert Van Den Bergh & Jane Hartley Fund  ( Newquay Area Fund) Lord St Levan / Community Fund / Bolitho Trust for Organisations). Grants range...

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Heritage Lottery Fund information event

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) are holding an HLF Information Event for equality groups and organisations. The HLF funds a wide range of projects from £3,000 upwards, that actively involve people in heritage. This can include, amongst other things: cultural traditions; histories of...

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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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Financial difficulties in charities

How to identify financial problems As trustees, you have a legal duty to look after your charity’s money and other assets. You need to understand and keep track of your charity’s income and spending to spot any issues as early as possible. To do this, you need trustees with the right...

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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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The Prince’s Countryside Fund Opens for Spring 2015

Nikki George March 18, 2015 Funding News Opportunities No Comments

The Prince’s Countryside Fund opened to applications this week from organisations and charities that are helping rural communities across the UK. The budget for the Spring 2015 round is £800,000 with grants of up to £50,000 available to not-for-profit organisations, charities, social...

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Funding – Jewson Building Better Communities Competition Opens

Nikki George March 18, 2015 Funding News Opportunities No Comments

The vote-based competition is aimed at transforming spaces and places in need of a little love and attention across the UK. The awards are meant to be used to support building projects of all shapes and sizes, no matter how innovative or ambitious. The competition is open to any local...

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Heritage Is for Everyone – Heritage Lottery Fund information event

Heritage Is for Everyone – Heritage Lottery Fund information event New County Hall, Truro Friday 17 April 2015   The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) are holding an HLF Information Event for equality groups and organisations. The HLF funds a wide range of projects from £3,000 upwards,...

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New Feed in Tariff legislation

ACRE has notified us that the changes to the  Feed-in Tariff Legislation which will enable charities to  manage a community energy project has been laid before parliament and will come into force 1st April. ACRE has been alerting Defra and DECC through briefings and consultations that...

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Live online learning from the Big Lottery Fund

Join the Big Lottery in their new webinars. These are interactive seminars run over the internet presented and supported by informative Funding Officers from the Big Lottery Fund. Training is interactive and provides an opportunity for people to learn in a place that suits them without...

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Defra suspends decision to cut RCCs

Nikki George February 11, 2015 Funding Government News No Comments

Thanks to public support Defra has agreed to invest in Rural Community Councils across England for 2015/16. In January  with news that one of our main sources of funding was about to be withdrawn, the RCC network of charities embarked on a frantic campaign to see if people would...

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Urgent campaign against funding cuts

Nikki George January 14, 2015 Funding Government News No Comments

Vital Venues is calling all community buildings in Cornwall to join CRCC’s urgent campaign to call on the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs not to withdraw funding for the ACRE Network of rural community councils (RCCs). The Network, of which Cornwall...

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Government to stop charities losing out on Gift Aid

Nikki George January 7, 2015 Accounting Funding Government News No Comments

The Government has announced the Gift Aid model declaration form is to be improved, to stop charities losing out on potentially billions of pounds of Gift Aid. According to National Audit Office (NAO) estimates there are donations of around £2.3 billion where Gift Aid is not used....

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