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NEL Optimising Use of Estates – Smart Energy Applications

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The Smart Energy Team are seeking to fund projects which save significant usage of electricity and gas, or incorporate renewable energy.  Applicants will have to supply match funding, either by an application to the Salix Fund (interest free loan) or from their own resources.

The Smart Energy Team will work with applicants to establish that promising projects are able to meet the following criteria:

  1. a)      Be deliverable within 2018, 2019 or at latest 2020, taking into account ERDF compliance requirements.
  2. b)      Incorporate intelligent management and control systems.
  3. c)      Utilise industry-leading technologies and go well beyond standard retrofit.
  4. d)      Be suitable for public demonstration as a showcase.

The application system is now open and ready for projects to be submitted. To express interest in the programme, and to be contacted as soon as the full application process goes live, please complete the form at https://www.smartenergygreaterlincs.com/public-buildings/.

For any further information please contact Vicky directly via email on vicky.dunn@nelincs.gov.uk.


Supporting Local Authority Brexit Planning Through GRANTfinder

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89% of councils opting for alternative funding post Brexit

A recent study has suggested that up to 60% of local authorities have made no provision for Brexit in their medium-term budgets. With a ‘no deal’ scenario now a real risk when the UK leaves the EU on 29 March, what does a potential black hole in funding mean for local authorities already beleaguered by austerity?

Whilst the UK’s future relationship with the EU and access to its funds is still to be determined, local authorities are being encouraged to undertake two key actions to attract funding to their local areas:

  • Apply for EU funding that remains open to the UK as a member state up until 29 March 2019.
  • Identify opportunities beyond the EU that may not have previously been considered.

We’d like to share with you an article we’ve written on how local authorities might prepare for Brexit, and how as the UK’s leading voice on funding matters, GRANTfinder is helping to win much-needed resources for communities across the UK.

You can access the article by following this link.

£76 million a year to build homes for vulnerable people

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Thousands of extra homes will be built that are designed for people who need extra support to help them live independently and in the community for longer.

The government has announced an extra £76 million a year of funding to build homes for vulnerable people. The new homes will be built over the next 3 years and will be for disabled people, people with mental health issues and older people.

This supported or specialised housing is designed to be accessible and aid independent living by including features such as:

  • an individual home with its own front door
  • flexibility to adapt or install equipment or assistive technology in the home
  • varying levels of personal care and support to residents, including access to a GP or other health services
  • communal areas (for housing for older people)

The Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund (CASSH) was announced in 2012 and has been extended until 2021.

to read the full news story please visit the GOV.UK website here.

North East Lincolnshire Street Scene Survey

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Sent on behalf of Cllr Stephen Beasant

I’m writing to ask if you would like to give your views as we gather evidence for a Select Committee review into street scene in North East Lincolnshire.

The Select Committee has been set up to focus on the quality of the local street scene.

There have been significant changes to Council’s Smarter Neighbourhoods Programme, which has resulted in alterations to the way a number of services, such as street cleansing and grass cutting, are delivered.

The main aims of the Select Committee include the following:

  • Understand the impact of these service changes on the ‘Street Scene’ in North East Lincolnshire
  • Identify areas of potential improvement focusing on building community resilience and increasing civic pride and make recommendations to the Council’s cabinet.

The Select Committee is due to hold four public hearings in September. More details about the hearings will be provided at a later date.

The Select Committee will look at the following topics that sit under two headings – the physical environment and environmental anti-social behaviour.

The physical environment includes:
Grass cutting, trees and weeds
Play park maintenance
Kerbside gullies
Street cleaning.

Environmental anti-social behaviour includes:
Dog fouling
Alleyways – council approach to private alleyways
Graffiti and fly-posting
Litter on public highway and open spaces
Play park damage.

We’d be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete the short survey from the link below.

Your views will be fed into the Select Committee and there is an option where you can say if you would like to attend the hearing.

Street scene survey: https://streetscene.questionpro.eu

Cllr Stephen Beasant

Chair of the Select Committee

Power to Change – The Community Business Fund

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Closes on 9th October 2018 

Power to Change – the independent trust supporting community businesses in England – is reopening its Community Business Fund on 11 September and closes on 9 October. A total of £2.5m is available in support of community businesses through the fund, which has to date supported over 90 organisations in England.

They will be offering grants between £50,000 and £300,000 to community businesses in England trading for the benefit of and accountable to their local communities.

A free webinar is coming up to take people through the criteria, application process and what Power to Change funded in other rounds.

For more information about the fund please visit Power to Change website here.

Sporting Capital Fund Loan Fund

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The £3m Sporting Capital Fund provides loan funding of between £50,000 and £150,000 to eligible organisations.

The simple, repayable, unsecured loans will be tailored to meet the needs of each organisation and will be repayable over 3 to 5 years.  If needed, a repayment holiday of up to 24 months may be available, giving projects time to generate sustainable revenue before starting to repay the loan.

Sport Capital Fund can invest in organisations that are looking to develop new projects, operations and revenue streams. Whilst every organisations’ needs will differ, they expect the funding to be used for projects and activities such as:

  • Equipment to support revenue streams
  • Recruitment, training and deployment of staff and volunteers
  • Equipment to support business functions, including finance, project management and governance
  • Other operating costs

SCF can invest in a wide range of organisations from community sports clubs to social enterprises, charities and profit-with-purpose businesses that deliver sport and physical activity.  Find out more on our eligibility criteria here.

Grant funding, through the Access Reach Fund, may be available for organisations that need support to get ready to take on repayable investment. Find out more here.

If you wish to apply, click here.

Improving skills for offsite construction Fund

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After extensive consultation with industry; a £500,000 fund to help provide quality and standardised training for Offsite Upskilling will be launched by CITB on 21st August 2018.

The desired outcome for industry is to achieve greater quality and consistency in the delivery of offsite construction training. This will apply across relevant apprenticeships, vocational qualifications and short courses.

CITB is now calling on organisations who are best placed to deliver the stated outcomes of funding as detailed above.

Improving skills for offsite construction is open for submissions from 21st August 2018. To find out more and to request an application please click here to visit the CITB website.

Expressions of interest are now open. This may be of interest to those engaged in offsite manufacturing, production or on-site assembly but also with expertise outside of construction, and in developing training materials.

Expression of Interest open: 8th August 2018

Window open, applications issued: Tuesday 21st August 2018

Webinar Support: Tuesday 4th September 2018 11am – 12pm here or Thursday 6th September 2018 3pm – 4pm here.

Application Deadline: Monday 15th October 2018 5pm.

If you have any questions in relation to this, please contact:

Postcode Community Trust

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Deadline for round 2 – August 15th 2018

Postcode Community Trust was established in 2014 and focuses on initiatives that benefit communities through grass-roots sports, arts, recreation and well being programmes which improve a community’s physical and mental health.

The Trust provides short-term, designated funding for new projects, or significant expansions of existing projects, in Great Britain.

The Trust will consider projects which improve health and wellbeing through:

  • Grassroots sports, arts and recreation projects that improve health and wellbeing.
  • Projects that improve the health of communities, through, for example, first aid courses, befriending, counselling or reducing isolation.

The projects can be up to 12 months in length.

Grants range from £500 to £20,000. Only registered charities can apply for grants of up to £20,000. The maximum grant for groups that are not formally registered as a charity is £2,000.

There is a two-stage application process – stage 2 opens 2nd September 2018.

Coastal Community Fund Cleethorpes

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Round 3 open now, Deadline 23rd September 2018

The CoastalCOMMUNITY is a small grant programme available to support small scale fun events and activities held in Cleethorpes for the benefit of our residents and visitors.

The programme aims to promote Cleethorpes as a great place to visit, offering health and wellbeing benefits and the opportunity to participate in activities along the coastline that are educational, or help to protect the environment. CoastalCOMMUNITY want to help fund activities that bring people together to enjoy the benefits of being on the coast.

Applications are invited for an event/activity that will achieve one of the following:
Allow people to access new experiences that will:

  • be educational or improve their health and wellbeing
  • Improve places and spaces in Cleethorpes

Location: Events and activities must be held in Cleethorpes during 2018 and 2019. Either in Sidney Sussex, Croft Baker or Haverstoe Wards.
Maximum Grant Award: £500.

For further information and application form please visit the Discover NEL website here.