Heritage Lottery Fund success!

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Fantastic news – it’s full steam ahead for the £2 million Newton’s Place project after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) confirmed initial support for a National Lottery grant.

We have been working on this project, alongside the team at Newton Abbot Town Council, since July 2016. Initially the focus was on writing the business case for the co-location of the Newton Abbot Town & GWR Museum and Town Council into more central premises at the former St Leonard’s Church, a disused grade 2 listed building. This led on to supporting the team with the Heritage Lottery Fund application.

A development grant of £150,000 has been awarded by Heritage Lottery Fund to enable us to develop the plans and apply to unlock the full grant of £800,000.

The news helps to secure the future of the museum and community space scheme that Newton Abbot residents have long asked for! When completed the building will house a revamped Town and GWR Museum, flexible community space and offices for Newton Abbot Town Council which is leading the project.

A fabulous project to be involved in – watch this space for more news!

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November Natters

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We’re hosting a few Social enterprise chat sessions at Exeter Co-Lab, Wat Tyler Street, Exeter. It’s for anyone who is interested or involved in social enterprises to come along and ask questions, have a chat and meet other like-minded folk.

Friday 18th November, 11 – 12pm.
Friday 25th November, 11 – 12pm.

If you are already developing or running a social enterprise, then get involved with the #whoknew campaign by Social Enterprise UK. We can tell you more about it when we meet, or have a look online. A great awareness raising opportunity for your business.

Community Grants scheme open today

South West Foundation has opened their small grant programme for small charitable organisations to apply for up to £1000. It’s for charities with annual running costs of less than £25,000 and the focus is on charities that address the needs of their community by engaging people in community activities either as volunteers or as people benefiting from the funded activities. For more details

DEBI Awards 2015

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DEBI 2014 Award Winners. Front: St Sidwells Primary School, Back: Real Food Store, Brian O’Brien (Environmental Champion) ECI Bike Bank, Twool and DEBI Chairman Andy Vickery

The Devon Environmental Business Initiative (DEBI) Awards is open for entries.

The DEBI Awards, which have been running for over two decades, recognise businesses and other organisations across the county that are attaining high standards of environmental care in their day-to-day operations.

After a successful focus on environmental degradation in 2014, this year’s theme will be ‘Celebrate Devon’. Continue reading “DEBI Awards 2015”

Seedbed, Dartington – new programme for social businesses

Introducing Seedbed: Support and investment opportunities for social ventures in the South West

What is Seedbed?

Seedbed is a new venture combining the expertise of Plymouth University, Dartington Hall, and South West Investment Group. Together, with funding from the Cabinet office, we will provide a programme of support plus social investment for developing social ventures in the South West. Continue reading “Seedbed, Dartington – new programme for social businesses”

Event: Forum for New Local Economies

You may want to join other activists, organisers, and changemakers from across Devon for a special event. Please put this in your diary – Devon Convergence: Forum for New Local Economies – February 7th, 9:30-4:30, Exeter.

With austerity kicking in, we’re facing a critical crossroads, but also a massive opportunity to lead progressive change right here in Devon. There are exciting community-led economic solutions emerging across the region, as well as effective strategies, innovative projects, and energetic collaborators. I’m inviting you to join us and see where it might lead and what new opportunities present themselves for supporting your work – our work, and because together we are more powerful. This event could be the turning point. Continue reading “Event: Forum for New Local Economies”