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Community Housing Fund

Fri 1 Nov 2019

Grants are available for a wide range of community-led organisations to support delivery of new affordable homes across England (excluding London) up to March 2020.

The Community Housing Fund is provided and administered by Homes England.

The objectives of the Fund are to:

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The Hilden Charitable Trust

Fri 1 Nov 2019

Grants for UK charities working in the areas of homelessness, penal affairs, asylum seekers and refugees, community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people (16-25), and projects in developing countries working on community development, education, and health (with particular interest in projects that address the needs and potential of girls and women).

Applications are accepted at any time, but the next closing date is 11 December 2019 for applications to be considered at the Main Grants meeting in January/February 2020.

Grants are usually in the region of £5000

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Pocket parks funding opportunities

Fri 1 Nov 2019

Pocket parks: helping communities transform unloved, neglected or derelict areas into new green spaces

One-off grants are available for community-led organisations working in partnership with their local authority to create new pocket parks or bringing existing green spaces up to a safe, usable and inviting standard.

£15,000 for new pocket parks.

£25,000 for refurbishment of existing parks split between capital and revenue.

The funding should be spent by 31 March 2020.

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Cold weather fund for frontline organisations

Fri 1 Nov 2019

Grants are available to support local frontline providers in helping people sleeping rough off the streets this winter

Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 are available.

Larger grants of up to £50,000 may be considered for projects working across multiple authorities

Application Deadline: 6 December 2019

For the guidance, criteria and application visit the website.

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National Garden Scheme Community Gardening Funding

Fri 1 Nov 2019

Grants of up to £5000 are available to amateur gardeners from community groups to create a garden or similar project with horticultural focus for the benefit of their local community.

The funding is for the creation of a garden or a similar project (such as an allotment) with horticultural focus for the benefit of the local community.

The project should aim to bring a community together by creating a space people can share, by the acquisition and sharing of gardening knowledge and skills and by inspiring a love of gardening.

Funding could cover expenses such as:

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Wonderful Villages Photo Competition

Fri 1 Nov 2019

Allied Westminster Insurance are soon to launch a 'Wonderful Villages' photograph competition to celebrate 100 years of village halls.

Free entry is open to all village halls in the UK, and there are cash prizes to be won.

If you would like to find out more details about the launch please 'like' or 'follow' their facebook page:


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A real advocate and pillar of strength, Margaret Rogers, will be greatly missed by everyone who worked alongside her

Thu 31 Oct 2019

Margaret Rogers (RIP) our Community Connector from Kinver and Locality 5 sadly passed away on September 6 2019 after suffering an illness with cancer.

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Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent set to introduce One Health and Care electronic integrated care records

Wed 30 Oct 2019

Patients’ health and care records in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will soon be available electronically to authorised health and social care practitioners.

It will mean a doctor in a hospital, or a paramedic who attends a 999 call will be able to access the same crucial information as a GP, such as details of allergies and current medications, bringing potentially life-saving benefits.

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Garry Jones's Blog

Wed 30 Oct 2019

Trust in Charities and why the Charity Commission is so off the mark

In recent weeks there has been another raft of critical opinion from the Charity Commission, largely via its Chair, Baroness Tina Stowell. It hopefully passed you by and doesn’t affect your opinion of charities or indeed your own organisational self-esteem too much. To expand on my Twitter comments @suschief I want to say a few words here about why this is a poor strategy by the Commission, poor execution and totally misses the mark.

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