New Funding for Community Spaces

Grants and loans of up to £50k available from The Co-op Foundation and Department of Culture, Media and Sport

Space to Connect Fund – England only

This is a joint DCMS – Co-op Funding opportunity for community organisations across England looking to improve spaces where people can connect and co-operate. Organisations can apply for grants of up to £50,000.

Please note, there are two strands of funding. The ‘Enhance’ strand for existing projects to scale or secure financial sustainability, closes on 31 July; the ‘Explore’ strand for conception stage projects is open for application till 12 August.

For more information and to apply see: https://www.coopfoundation.org.uk/funding_support/space-to-connect/

Community Space Interest Free Loans – Wales only

Interest-free loans of up to £50,000 are available to help organisations that own or manage a community space in Wales for the benefit of local people and the environment to grow their trading activities and become more sustainable. Funding should help organisations boost their income through viable business ideas so they can benefit the whole community, particularly those facing greater challenges.

For more information, see: https://www.coopfoundation.org.uk/funding_support/cs-funding-uk-2/ 

Endangered Spaces

The Co-op Foundation is inviting community organisations to apply for funding from its new £1.6m partnership with government to help save, improve and protect 2,000 spaces by 2022. Organisations can register interest and will be contacted by Co-op to discuss opportunities.

For more information, see: https://www.coop.co.uk/communities/endangered-spaces 

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Labour promises more grant funding and time off for trustees

Labour

According to http://www.thirdsector.co.uk, the civil society strategy, From Paternalism to Participation, published today says that:

Labour would increase grant funding to charities, allow trustees to take time off work and give local communities greater control over decisions, according to the party’s long-awaited civil society strategy.

The article also states that:

Labour pledges to reverse the decline in the number of community spaces. The document says the Conservative government has closed down 400 day centres, 500 public libraries, 600 youth centres and 1,000 children’s centres since it took power in 2010.

It goes on to say that:

Charity trustees would also receive equal status in law to that of school governors and councillors, allowing them to take time off to carry out their duties, the document says.

and,

The document reiterates Labour’s commitment to repeal the controversial lobbying act, which the sector has argued stifles its ability to campaign freely.

It says instead that the act would be replaced with a Community Empowerment Charter that encourages civil society organisations to campaign.

Read the rest of the article here…