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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.

17th February 2010: NI 7 Seeding Fund

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This is a reminder that the NI 7 fund is still open – in fact it will be running next financial year too.  The fund is to help voluntary and community groups develop fundraising ideas, write tenders, develop trading ideas, update Business Plans, or similar ideas that will help them increase their income. Grants of up to £1,000 are available and the money can be used to cover costs such as:-


17th February 2010: Big Lottery Fund 'Lighter Touch' Version of Reaching Communities

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The Big Lottery Fund has announced that at least £100 million a year is to be invested across England, in an improved version of its Reaching Communities programme, for each of the next five years.


The main aim of Reaching Communities is to help bring real improvements to communities and to the lives of people most in need.  The new funding, which will be introduced this spring, comes with two distinct improvements.


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