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Building Connections Fund

3 Aug

New fund to tackle loneliness opens to applications on the Big Lottery Fund webpage.

Charities and community groups in England can now apply for a share of close to £9 million aimed at tackling loneliness by building strong social connections and welcoming communities.

The money is from the £11.5 million Building Connections Fund announced on 19 June by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, and lead Minister for Tackling Loneliness, Tracey Crouch, in response to the Jo Cox Commission’s recommendations on Loneliness.  Almost £9 million will be distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, and will support projects already working to prevent or reduce loneliness to increase their impact.  Grants of between £30,000 and £100,000 will be available for projects which reach out to people of all ages who feel lonely or isolated, and encourage them to take part in activities, helping them to feel more connected. This could include making the most of community spaces, improving access to transport, using digital technology, or joining up local services to have a bigger reach. The money will also support the collecting and sharing of evidence and learning to increase understanding about what works to tackle loneliness.

Applications open Monday 16 July and will close on Friday 24 August. Guidance and criteria are available on the Big Lottery Fund website.

Youth Strand  There will be a separate Youth Strand of funding is made up of £2 million, which will be distributed by the Co-op Foundation, making grants of up to £80,000. It will open for applications in August 2018 – find out more on the Co-op Foundation blog. The Youth Strand will be open to organisations with existing youth-focused activities that could be effective at helping young people avoid long-term loneliness. Successful applicants will receive funding to explore youth loneliness in greater depth, test youth-led innovations within their existing provision, and share their learning as part of a national network.

All grants will be announced in December 2018, with funding available to support projects until March 2021.

If you have any  queries around the fund please contact the Big Lottery Fund  directly on tel: 0345 410 2030

 

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Bid for 4,000 new homes takes leap forwards

21 Mar

Sheffield City Council’s multi-million pound bid to enable over 4,000 new homes to be built on 34 brownfield sites in Sheffield has taken a significant leap forwards.

The Sheffield bid has been shortlisted along with 44 others for funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The bid is part of the council’s ‘brownfield first’ approach that seeks to build homes on land that has been used for development previously. The authority will be awarded millions of pounds of extra funding for infrastructure, such as improved traffic junctions and flood defences, to encourage housing development on these sites – which are often more difficult to develop.

The new homes will be in and around the city centre. The council is welcoming this valuable opportunity to work with government on the strategic plan for the area.

Councillor Ben Curran, Cabinet member for Planning and Development said:

“We’re doing everything we can to encourage more house building in Sheffield, so I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve been shortlisted for this extra funding.

“The national housing crisis is hitting people here in Sheffield as well. This investment is needed to help us build the homes we need on the brownfield sites that we want. House building also brings new job opportunities to the city so we really want to ensure we make it through to the next stage.”

“This bid is only the start. We have much bigger plans to develop along the canal and develop a Sheffield to Rotherham corridor to deliver thousands of new homes and regeneration to those communities.”

The council now has until Autumn 2018 to develop a more detailed plan or funding bid.

If the bid is successful, the first new homes would be built in 2020, with approximately 3,600 homes being built by 2025.

This bid is the first stage of an ambitious plan to develop the Sheffield and Rotherham corridor that could deliver around 18,000 homes on brownfield land and much needed economic regeneration in this area that will benefit both Sheffield and Rotherham.

 

Grey To Green blooming into Castlegate

6 Mar

The award-winning Grey To Green scheme looks set to cultivate new followers – with plans to extend the scheme into neighbouring parts of the city on show from tomorrow.

Sheffield City Council has launched a consultation into the second phase of the scheme, which has seen the city’s former inner ring road transformed into a green corridor that is also home to the country’s largest sustainable urban drainage system.

Phase One was designed by a team of Council designers, supported by Professor Nigel Dunnett from the University of Sheffield’s Landscape Department.

This work could now be extended beyond West Bar towards Castlegate, Lady’s Bridge, the River Don and Kelham, has already scooped a wheelbarrow of awards, such as the National Green Champion at the International Green Apple Awards and the Eric Hughes Award for Outstanding Contribution to Improving Sustainability.

Closer to home, the project also won Best Open Space and overall Outstanding’ project awards at the Sheffield Design Awards in late 2016.

Grey to Green Two proposes to make Castlegate and Exchange Street a location for new investment and a home for cutting-edge businesses as well as encouraging additional city centre living.

With funding from Sheffield City Region and Sheffield City Council, the project will incorporate colourful meadows, trees and a sustainable drainage system which reduces flooding risk.

It will also improve and link up walking and cycling routes which should enhance the experience of visiting, living and working in the area as well as providing a setting for new development opportunities in the area and supporting existing businesses and civic buildings as part of the wider Castlegate Kickstart Programme.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for business and investment at Sheffield City Council, said: “These are exciting times for Castlegate and the wider area. Everywhere you look you can see the enrgy of new ideas and opportunities and extending Grey To Green is a key part of this.

“The initial scheme has completely transformed the former inner ring road and created a magical walkway full of unusual plants and flowers. It has deserved its many successes and given Sheffield’s Outdoor City credentials a real boost.

“Now the skills of the University of Sheffield and 2012 London Olympics designer Professor Nigel Dunnett will be brought back to breathe new life into Castlegate and the surrounding area.”

Grey to Green Phase 1 between West Bar Green and Lady’s Bridge was completed in 2016 and has been successful in attracting  new investment to the area. Phase two will start in early 2019 with completion expected by the end of the year.

Among plans for the consultation are the closure of Castlegate to vehicles, except for loading, a proposed bus gate on Blonk Street, an environmental weight restriction on Exchange Place between Furnival Road and Blonk Street and revised access arrangements on Castle Street  and Waingate.

The consultation starts on Thursday, 1 March 2018 and finishes on Friday 23 March. The council is hosting drop in sessions on Tuesday 6 March from 11am to 2pm and Wednesday 7 March from 4pm to 7pm at OVO Spaces, Terminal Warehouse Two, Wharf Street,  Victoria Quays, Sheffield, S2 5SY.

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