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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.


10th February 2010: Sample Fire Log Book now available in the Knowledge Base

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Halls should maintain a Fire Safety Log Book. If you want a sample one go the knowledge base.

9th February 2010: Grassroots Grants – Year 2 Opens

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The Community Foundation for Bournemouth, Dorset & Poole have announced that they are ready to receive applications for the second year of the Grassroots Grants scheme.  They have £164,000 to distribute to groups within the shire of Dorset and would like to start receiving bids as soon as possible.


9th February 2010: Electricity 'Feed In' Tariffs Update

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On Monday 1st February, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced the Feed-in Tariff scheme which is to be introduced from the 1st April.

This scheme is designed to encourage a proliferation of small-scale renewables in the UK, specifically


-          Wind

2nd February 2010: Future (High Speed) Broadband Provision for Dorset

 At the meeting of the DAPTC Towns and Larger Councils Committee on 22 January 2010, the Chairman welcomed Helen Heanes, Senior Economic Development Officer and Tony May ICT Project Manager of Dorset County Council who gave presentations relating to the above.


29th January 2010: Renewable Energy Technical Officer

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In response to a recent enquiry made:


Following your email concerning possible grants to install Thorncombe Sports and Social Club I have done some research helped by other members of the Dorset Energy Group;

29th January 2010: Government Grants For Community Buildings

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The Government is to provide more than £2 million in grants for third sector organisations in England to upgrade community facilities.

Almost 100 charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises will share a fund worth £2.27 million, Third Sector Minister Angela Smith has revealed.

19th January 2010: BIG Lottery – Reaching Communities

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Development Areas

Please note that we (The Big Lottery Fund) are still keen to encourage more Awards for All applications from Bristol, Plymouth, Poole, Gloucester and Cheltenham and Reaching Communities Outline Proposal Forms from Wiltshire (excluding Swindon) and rural Dorset.

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