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Growing your Community by Social Enterprise

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 Are you looking to grow your community by setting up a Shop, saving a pub or or opening a cinema?

Fund for Building or Refurbishing Halls

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 You may have seen this in the latest DCA e-Bulletin.  If it does what it says, its just what many of our Halls are looking for.


The People's Millions Lottery Fund

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 There is just time to get your Hall entered for a significant grant if you are looking to build a new Hall...


New GiftAid Repayment system

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 A new system for claiming Gift Aid went live on 22 April 2013. HMRC’s new systems replaces the paper form currently used to claim tax repayments.

The transition period for implementing the changes ends on 30 September 2013. Find out more about Charities Online and the steps that you need to take:

Dorset County Council withdraw capital grants for village halls

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Sadly, the annual capital grants programme that DCA has administered for Dorset County Council is being discontinued from the end of this financial year as part of the £48.5m of necessary savings the county have to make in the light of the public funding deficit. It is likely that West Dorset may follow, we have not heard anything from North Dorset.

Lottery Announcement about new Reaching Communities programme for Community Buildings

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The BIG Lottery Fund is investing an additional £75 million specifically for rural and urban community-use buildings through its flagship programme, Reaching Communities.


Successful Reaching Communities Application

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Earlier this St Andrew's Hall in Charmouth were successful in a funding bid to the BIG Lottery 'Reaching Communities' programme. This is no mean achievement as many bids fall along the the way but the people of Charmouth were successful because they persevered, took advice and used their many talents to put together an attractive proposition that the BIG Lottery felt they were able to support.

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.

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.


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. 

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