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Grassroots Looking for Projects to Fund Now!

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Memo from Chris Carman - Funding Adviser DCA:

I went to an update meeting with the Community Foundation for Bournemouth, Dorset & Poole at the end of last week and would like to pass on some important information to you.

'LawWorks Choices' Scheme

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The LawWorks Choices project has now achieved 1850 hours of pro bono work amongst the current volunteers, which is a fantastic achievement, and we are very proud!

THE WATES FOUNDATION - Now Open to Applications

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The Wates Foundation is open to applications once again after a review of its grant-making structure.

The Foundation aims to promote work that builds social values and responsibility and provides access to opportunities that address disadvantage.


A new way of attracting hirers for your hall – and it’s free!

A government-backed national online database is inviting village and community halls to register as spaces for adult informal learning.

The School of Everything  helps put local learners, teachers, groups and venues together.   

School of Everything and Village Halls

Informal adult learning is good for people. It builds confidence and skills. It brings people together and keeps them mentally and physically active. It reaches out to people who feel learning isn’t for them, especially people from disadvantaged groups. It builds vital bridges into formal learning, training and sustainable employment.

Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest

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The Community Chest for 2010 is a pool of £20,000 and a time bank of up to 200 hours for practical voluntary help from Hall & Woodhouse employees.  Applications are now being accepted.  The Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest was established in 2002 to provide local help for the community in and around Dorset.  Since then, over £100,000 has been donated to 148 local voluntary organisations, with Hall & Woodhouse's employees completing over 2,000 hours of voluntary work assisting with practical projects in the local community. 

ACRE launches £500,000 grants fund for communities affected by quarrying

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Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE)1, and members of the Rural Community Action Network (RCAN)2, have announced the launch of this year's COMMA fund. 

COMMA, the Community Aggregates Fund, uses money from Defra’s Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) to address the impacts of aggregate extraction on the environment and local communities.3 COMMA supports community-based projects in 23 qualifying areas in England.4

3rd March 2010: The Community Sustainable Energy Programme

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 The Community Sustainable Energy Programme (CSEP) is an open grants programme run by BRE Group as an award partner of the Big Lottery Fund (BIG). BRE Group carries out research, consultancy, training and testing to help create better buildings and communities.

17th February 2010: NCVO 'Don't Stop the Music' Campaign

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NCVO is campaigning against the Government's decision to make charities and other not for profits pay for a licence when they play recorded music in their own premises. To date, charitable organisations have been exempt from these charges and NCVO believes this should continue.

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