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19th January 2010: BIG Lottery – Awards for All

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Please note that the Awards for All programme is still keen to encourage more applications from several areas within the South West, one of which is listed as ‘rural Dorset’.  They are currently awarding over 50% of applications from this area so now is the time to look at your projects and see if they meet one or more of the Awards for All outcomes;

18th November 2009 - Exemption from Licencing Charges to end?

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 You may pick up in the media the issues around the IPO announcement that exemptions from licensing are to be removed.


In very simple terms this means that PPL will now be able to charge for a licence – charitable halls have previously been exempt.  There has never been an  exemption from PRS (as you know) for halls only for worship and hospitals. You may recall the consultation back in the summer. See ACRE’s website.


12th November 2009 - National Village Hall Survey Results Released

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 Report celebrates the success of volunteers managing buildings, but highlights a fragile future


11th November 2009 - Government pledges to end 'rain tax'

 Victory for local groups as Government pledges to end 'rain tax'

26th October 2009 - Licence Appilcations on-line

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 Advance notice of a new on-line facility for village halls (and others) to apply for licences on line:

7th September 2009 - ENTRUST Small Grants Scheme Announced (UK)

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 ENTRUST, the regulator of the Landfill Communities Fund, has announced that its proposed Small Grants Scheme is now open. The aim of the scheme is to allow accredited Environmental Bodies to distribute small grants more easily. 

17th August 2009 - Charity Property Help - free support and guidance on all property matters

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Charity Property Help - free support and guidance on all property matters

11th August 2009 - CEMEX Community Fund

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 The CEMEX Community Fund enables and assists communities local to CEMEX quarry and landfill sites carry out project which improve or enhance their local community facilities and places of interest.

The CEMEX Community Fund offers grants of between £1,000 and £15,000 for projects that:

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