On 28 April 1910, Louis Paulhan won a £10,000 prize offered by the Daily Mail for the first flight between London and Manchester within a 24-hour period. Paulhan completed his flight in 12 hours, having spent 4 hours and 12 minutes in the air. He landed on a potato field in Burnage, now named Paulhan Road. Paulhan led the way for flight in Manchester, as prior to 1910, most aircraft flight was confined to circus acts. This historic flight pre-dates regular flight in Manchester by some years, as it wasn’t until 1938 that Manchester Airport opened.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has launched a £1 billion Regional Growth Fund to help areas and communities at risk of being particularly affected by public spending cuts.
The Fund, which was announced in the Emergency Budget on 22 June 2010, will operate in 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 and will help areas most dependent on public sector employment as the country makes the transition to private sector-led growth and prosperity.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) have published a short summary of the key points to help organisations understand what the Emergency Budget means for those working in, or with, the voluntary and community sector and how it will affect your organisation.
To read the summary, visit: www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/news/funding/budget-2010-how-will-it-affect-you.
Cash for Kids (previously Manchester Kids) is a grant giving charity, working with Key 103 and Magic 1152 to raise funds to support voluntary and charitable projects who work directly with disadvantaged children. Key 103's Cash for Kids exists for the sole purpose of helping children under the age of 18.
Grant applications can only be made to children that live in / registered charities that are based in the Key 103 / Magic 1152 broadcast area.
The average grant is around £2,500 although there is no specific min/max.
The government's new Communities First Fund, which will provide start-up funding for community groups, will replace the Grassroots Grants scheme when it runs out in April next year.
The Office for Civil Society has confirmed that the £130m Grassroots Grants fund, which was set up by the Labour government to support small charities and community groups, will not be renewed.
Details of cuts in revenue grants to local authorities were announced by the Communities and Local Government department on 10 June 2010.
The “savings”, which will take effect in the current finacial year, amount to £1.166 billion – local government’s share of the total government savings of £6.2 billion.
No local authority will face a reduction of more than 2 per cent.
Local councils in Greater Manchester will be required to make savings of between 0.6 per cent (Stockport and Trafford) and 1.1 per cent (Salford).
Community Spaces is a £50 million open grants programme that is managed by Groundwork UK’s Open Grants Department and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
The programme helps community groups in England create or improve green, open spaces to enhance people’s quality of life.
Grants of between £10,000 - £49,999 are available.
In March 2010 Anchor Trust announced that from March 2011 it would cease delivering local services through its 46 Home Improvement Agencies currently working across England.
The Manchester Agency is working closely with Manchester City Council to ensure the smooth delivery of existing services through to March 2011 and is actively seeking potential partners to join them in winning tenders for future services across the City.