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Community Development - New Toolkit

The Ashton Trust has just published a Community Development Toolkit prepared by Community Places.  Contents range from knowing your community’s needs and views to making the most of all meetings and from getting people involved to looking after finances and reputation.  The Toolkit also sets out the key ingredients of Community Development and how to establish Project Outcomes when seeking funding and identifies the benefits of collaboration with other areas, communities and groups.  It has been designed with smaller groups in mind while larger organisations will also find the advice and guidance on governance and engagement valuable.  To access the Toolkit click here.

 

25 October 2021

Living Spaces and Places

The National Lottery Community Fund is launching a new funding programme on 1 November 2021.  Living Places and Spaces will offer small scale capital grants (of between £1,000 and £10,000) to eligible organisations.  The aim of the programme is to support communities by creating more sustainable and resilient outdoor spaces through greening, re-wilding and water management.

Types of projects which might be funded include community gardens; allotments; small urban or rural forests; rain gardens and green roofs; installation of furniture or features to promote the use of outdoor spaces as well as measures to improve walking and cycling. 

It is expected that up to 80 projects will be funded and the programme closes for applications on 17 December 2021.  NLCF is delivering this funding on behalf of the Department for Infrastructure.  Further information on the programme; on who is eligible and on how to apply is available on the National Lottery Community Fund’s website.  Note that applications cannot be submitted before 1 November 2021.

11 October 2021

Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2021

The Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme is funded under the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme.  The Scheme opened on 1 October 2021 and will remain open for applications until 22 October 2021.

Micro Capital Grants of between £200 and £1,500 are available to rural community-led, voluntary organisations for projects tackling issues of local poverty and/or social isolation.   The total project cost must not exceed £3,000.  Projects must clearly address an issue of rural poverty and/or social isolation and applicants must provide a minimum of 15% match funding.

Projects must focus on one of the following three themes:

  1. Modernisation (of premises and/or assets);
  2. Information Communication Technology;
  3. Health and Wellbeing.

In recognition of the impact of Covid-19, and the need for investment to re-open and safely operate venues, eligible costs may include structural alterations.  Goods which have a degree of permanence (anticipated to have a life beyond one year) or can be permanently affixed to the venue may also be considered eligible.

The scheme is being delivered by the Rural Support Networks on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.  Application forms, guidance notes and further advice and information is available from your local Rural Support Network.

 

4 October 2021

Community Consultation for Quality of Life

Developing better quality community consultation is the focus of a new research project by the Ulster University and three other universities (Edinburgh, Cardiff and Reading). 

Details of the project “Community Consultation for Quality of Life” and how to keep in touch as it progresses can be found here

30 September 2021

Join The Dots Participatory Budgeting – Creating Connections!

Collaboration for Change (CfC) and partners are delighted to announce the launch of Join the Dots Participatory Budgeting (PB) around the theme of creating connections.  CfC is a collective of organisations and individual activists who are working alongside each other for the Common Good. We work to create open spaces for shared learning, peer support, practical hope and collaboration. 

 

Marian Farrell, CfC said “We are excited to have our first and totally digital PB process on the theme of Creating Connections.  This theme is all about bringing new folk together to work on an idea for the common good. People could also submit an idea that will, in itself Create new Connections that bring folk together for the common good. Groups can bid for funds of up to £500 (or its euro equivalent) to make an idea happen”.

 

Roisin McLaughlin, from NWCN one of the 9 partnering organisations said “This has been an excellent opportunity to learn about PB.  PB is all about people voting to decide how to allocate part of a budget. It is a way for citizens to have a direct say in how funds are used to address local needs. We are very proud that the funds available have been sourced through crowdfunding by our own CfC activists and supporters.  It has been all about collaboration within the community sector right from the start and it has been a pleasure to work with all of the other partners involved.”

 

The Join the Dots PB process launched on 23rd August 2021. To find out more, come along to one of our support workshops, on the 9th and 14th of September.

 

Topic: Join the Dots PB Support Workshop 1

Time: Sep 9, 2021 19:00 London

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83986944449?pwd=ZjgvMmlpMENsTHEreHFVSzFsdTFudz09

Meeting ID: 839 8694 4449

Passcode: 888830

 

Topic: Join the Dots PB Support Workshop 2

Time: Sep 14, 2021 11:00 London

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84745600840?pwd=MlhEdHFDWkxwclBNNGg3Nnp2Unk1Zz09

Meeting ID: 847 4560 0840

Passcode: 809022

 

More information can be found at https://www.cfctogether.org/pbintro

 

 

Notes to Editors:

 

  1. Partnering organisations include North West Community Network (NWCN), St Colum’s Park House, Northern Area Community Network, Armoy Community Association, Zero Waste North West, Outer West Neighbourhood Partnership, Social Farms & Gardens and Community Places & PB Works
  2. For further information: https://www.cfctogether.org/declaration
  3. For media queries contact: Roisin McLaughlin 028 71 261941 or roisin@nwcn.org
1 September 2021

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