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0 Henry Smith – Improving Lives Grants

The Improving Lives funding priorities are part of our wider grant making strategy launched in October 2017.
In our Improving Lives programme, we have six priority areas. These priorities describe what we want to fund and how we want to bring about change for the most disadvantaged people in greatest need.
Help at a Critical Moment Helping people to rebuild their lives following a crisis, critical moment, trauma or abuse

Positive Choices Helping people, whose actions or behaviours have led to negative consequences for themselves and others, to make positive choices

Accommodation / Housing Support Enabling people to work towards or maintain accommodation 

Employment and Training Supporting people to move towards or gain employment

Financial Inclusion, Rights & Entitlements Supporting people to overcome their financial problems and ensure that they are able to claim their rights and entitlements

Support Networks & Family Working with people to develop improved support networks and family relationships

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0 Ray Messer Foundation – Community Foundation for Merseyside – Deadline 20th February 2018

What is the focus of the fund:  The Foundation has two primary aims:
To support children and young people aged 11-25 and can consider community projects that focus on mental health and wellbeing
–          Priority will be given to projects that support young people in crisis and prevention of suicide.

To support older people and consider projects that help to reduce isolation, improve health, build friendships and help people to learn a new skill or develop a new interest.
How much is available: Grants of up to £1,000

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0 Shared Reading Programme – Wirral Borough Council – Deadline 29th January 2018

Wirral Council is seeking to commission a Shared Reading Programme as part of its approach to promote positive mental health across the borough. The successful provider will establish and deliver a range of shared reading groups within a variety of settings, targeting the most vulnerable Wirral residents. The aim of the programme is to improve wellbeing, self-esteem and confidence and reduce feelings of social isolation for reading group members and volunteers.

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0 Food Innovation Network Innovation Vouchers

The Food Innovation Network (FIN) is launching a one-off competition to connect food business and academia to develop innovative ideas to help stimulate productivity and support business growth.

The competition is aimed at micro, small and medium-sized food companies. It is also aimed at larger companies who collaborate with micro businesses or SMEs and/or academic partners to help these businesses improve their systems and processes to make them more cost-effective and deliver better products and services. Proposals should be business-led and clearly present the benefits to business.

A grant of up to £5,000 will be awarded to at least 10 successful applicants who can either match the grant themselves (or with an existing collaborator), or develop a new collaboration by affiliating with a partner identified by the FIN and who has agreed to match the grant in kind or in cash.

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0 Orsted announces the latest round of grants awarded by the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund

Ørsted announces the latest round of grants for community projects around Liverpool Bay

Fifteen local organisations around Liverpool Bay are celebrating the news that they have been awarded grants as part of Ørsted’s Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund.

The recipients will each receive a share of the £112,500 windfall available under the fifth round of grants awarded by the Fund.

Each year for the expected 25 year lifetime of the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm, approximately £225,000 will be made available for community projects, which will benefit the local area.

The 15 new projects join 58 other groups who have already benefited from grant support through the Fund which has given away over £560,000 since it launched in May 2015.

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0 Community Shares Booster Programme

The purpose of the Booster Programme is to build on the pilot rationale and continue to support groups to overcome three critical challenges when seeking to raise finance through a community
share offer:
1. Communities are unable to launch a share offer due to perceived and real constraints at the development stage
2. Communities, especially more disadvantaged groups, face a series of challenges during the share offer which prevents them meeting their targets or proceed with the venture due to
external factors
3. Communities develop and launch their share offer having not adopted good practice guidance, leading to growing levels of poor practice which may in turn weaken consumer confidence,
threatening the community shares market as a whole

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