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!
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.
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.
For those of you who just love a report to read and are working in heritage related projects, this document from Historic England is worth looking through. According to this, for every £1 spent as part of a heritage visit, 32p is spent on site and 68p in the local businesses; restaurants, cafes, hotels and shops! Report
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
The building of Pavilions Teignmouth is well underway and the spaces for businesses on the first floor are already being snapped up. The Trustees are particularly keen to hear from creative businesses that are interested in office space within a creative community. Continue reading “Great space for creative businesses”→
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.
The Plunkett Foundation Rural Community Co-operative Awards are designed to recognise and reward community enterprises for achieving excellence, so whether you run a community shop, bookshop or café, a co-operative pub, hub or gym its about highlighting your achievements and celebrating your successes! Continue reading “Plunkett Foundation Rural Community Co-operative Awards”→
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”→