Social entrepreneurs offered chance to win share of £1.2m
England's most ambitious social entrepreneurs are being offered the chance to win a share of more than £1.2m of capital investment as part of a new competition....."Big Venture Challenge gives entrepreneurs the unique chance to scale up quickly, helping deliver social impact in communities - from a local to national stage - where the public sector can no longer provide. This is a huge deal, and a really exciting new presence in the social enterprise market." Read more here...
£1000 match-funded grant to cut travel costs
Recent increases in fuel costs and the resulting impact on cash flows may have forced your business to think hard and fast about its travel and transport requirements. Here is the latest available transport and fuel efficiency support and guidance. Apply for a grant to cut travel costs in your business:
Businesses established for at least two years, with a turnover of at least £75,000 and employing fewer than 250 people in the South East of England may be eligible for support with reducing their travel costs through the Sustainable Routes programme.
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Big Lottery Fund opens £30m fund to help those in financial difficulty
The Big Lottery Fund has launched a £30m fund for projects in England aimed at helping families and individuals avoid financial difficulty. The Improving Financial Confidence programme, launched today, will offer grants worth between £500,000 and £1m for projects lasting between three and five years, which will be delivered...
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Business in the Community is looking for good causes to support!
Business in the Community is a business-led charity that supports local communities through employee volunteering. They are having a national day of volunteering on Friday 24 June 2011 where the companies volunteering in the community will do practical projects such as painting, decorating, gardening etc. The companies will provide all the materials and manpower needed for the project so that there will be no cost to the community. Business in the Community is currently looking for projects to support. Are you a community / voluntary group, community centre, charity or school that requires practical support? If so, please call Rina Guddu on 0121 451 2227.
Government ponders guide to contracts and grants for sector
The government is considering publishing a guide on grants and contracts for the third sector. The guide, aimed at public sector commissioners, would explain the differences between grants and contracts, and the benefits of each. John Hemming, chair of the Charity Tax Group, which campaigns about tax...
Guardian Public Services Awards 2011
The Public Service Awards, run in partnership with Hays, are for all organisations involved in commissioning or delivering public services, whether they sit in the public, private or voluntary sectors. Now in their eighth year, the awards consistently produce inspiring examples of innovative work being carried out by teams across the public services. Have you made an impact? If you're from a national or local organisation, a statutory, voluntary or for-profit body, then the Guardian would like to hear about your achievements.