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Funding for social enterprises, Covid-19

Funding opportunities for social enterprises most of whose beneficiaries are in England and that have been incorporated for at least one year (see below) .

In order to be eligible enterprises need to have an annual income between £25,000 and £1.5 million before COVID-19 and substantially reliant on trading income. They must have been financially stable on 31st December 2019 and be working in at least one of the following areas:

1.Social enterprises supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19 – specifically those which:

· Connect with older people
· Connect with disabled people
· Provide advice and support to people who are pushed into crisis

· Provide support to those in medical care or end of life care

2. Social enterprise supporting people most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis – specifically:

· Provide essential items directly to families who are hit hardest
· Support BAME and other communities who experience health inequalities
· Support people who experience loneliness and social isolation
· Support people who experience poor mental health
· Support children and young people to achieve their potential

The first round was in July, but there will be future rounds. Keep an eye out for this.

New community space for Newton Abbot opening 2019

Exterior panels - visualWe have been working on a project in Newton Abbot since September 2016 and this year should see this fabulous new space open. It’s not a finished case study yet but we wanted to give you a flavour of what this exciting project has involved.

What was the change they wanted to make?

In its current location, Newton Abbot Town Council and Museum face significant challenges; distance from the town centre, accessibility, signage and space which results in a lower use of the facilities. It has taken 15 years to find a suitable site but in August 2016 the Town Council purchased a disused, listed building in the centre of town, the former St Leonard’s Church. This project will create a purpose-built museum and community space. It will provide a larger, accessible central location attracting local and national visitors to the accredited museum and enable more stories of Newton Abbot and its surrounding areas to be told in exciting and innovative ways, enable local residents to access the Town Council services more easily and provide affordable community space.

What did we do?

We worked with the Town Council and developed a Business Case for the proposed move. This was used as the underpinning document, which alongside community consultation and events, formed the basis of a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Having a successful first round at the first attempt, we then supported the project through the second round. As Project Co-ordinator, we aided the development of a Project Board, wrote the terms of reference, drafted tender documents for all professional services, supported the procurement process, and submitted other funding bids.

The project is on-going and we manage reporting to funders and the Project Board, co-ordination of the working group team for fortnightly meetings and liaison with the professional services construction team (project manage, architect, quantity surveyor etc).

What happened?

The project is still in full swing and we will update this case study as it progresses.

So far, we have helped to secure £900k through the Heritage Lottery Fund and a further £350k through other funders. The construction team are on site and the building is due to open to the public at the end of 2019.


Small Business Saturday

Open-1184x803It’s great to see our local small businesses being promoted. The more that we all use them, the more vibrant our high streets are. One of the initiatives is ‘Small Business Saturday’. This year it falls on 1st December. If you are a small business, a customer, a local authority or a network, you can get involved.


Grants for Care providers in Devon

It’s rare to find grants where it is open to voluntary sector, social enterprises and private businesses but Devon County Council are keen to support the development of a stronger care sector in the County. In addition to the grant, there is free business advice and a whole raft of leadership training courses.

The scheme is open and will run until December 2019 unless funds are used before this date. Definitely worth a look if this is the sector you are operating in.

For more information, visit ‘Creating Innovation and Growth’ .

Crowdfunding, pros and cons

Nesta has recently issued its report on the Crowdfunding Pilot 2016 in the Arts and Heritage sector.


It’s no big surprise that the positives of crowdfunding, other than hopefully being successful with securing the money, is that it helps organisations increase their profile and reaches audiences that they perhaps would not have reached otherwise.

The downsides weren’t many until you read towards the end that nearly a third (29 per cent) of those that answered the survey said the effort placed on crowdfunding was too great relative to the positive impacts experienced.

It isn’t for the faint-hearted!


Innovation funding in care

Free business support, training, development opportunities, and grant funding are being offered by the County Council to increase services offered and encourage new ideas. The mantra of ‘we need to do things differently’ is still very much part of the agenda along with supporting independence.

For more details, click here

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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