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If you are looking for some funding to help promote a diversity project in Kernow, then maybe one of the streams below is for you.

The Home Access Programme

The Government has announced that the Home Access Programme, a £300 million programme that aims to deliver equal learning opportunities to the 35 per cent of families that currently have no access to the internet at home is to be rolled out across England in autumn 2009. The objective of the programme will be to help all pupils aged 5-19 in state maintained education in England have the opportunity to access the internet and enhance their learning at home. The programme which was initially piloted initially in Oldham and Suffolk has already processed more than 7,500 applications since its launch in February 2009. The Home Access programme will be working with local authorities, schools, colleges and third sector organisations to ensure that families are provided with the support and guidance they need to realise the benefits of having access to technology at home. Link here.

Film Publications Fund 2009/10

The UK Film Council has announced that it is inviting applications from limited companies, charities and other incorporated organisations based in the UK through their Film Publications Fund. The fund aims supports print and online publications as a way to encourage debate and interest in the UK film industry. Grants are of between £1,000 and £20,000 and are available to support current and new publications - in print or online; books; academic publications; information for under-served parts of the film industry. The deadline for applications is the 12th June 2009. Link here.

BIG Announces Second myplace Funding Round

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has announced that it will be launching the second funding round under the 'myplace' programme in June 2009. The aim of myplace is to support projects that deliver world class facilities for young people. myplace has already made £240m of grants to 62 projects in England. They are planning on investing a further £31.6m through grants of between £1m and £5m. The second round will focus on projects that have already invested significant energy in well-developed plans for a world-class youth facility driven by the active participation of young people and their views and needs. In contrast to earlier funding rounds, and in the light of the limited funding available, eligibility for Round 2 will be restricted to projects located in the one third most deprived areas of England. Of those areas that have already had a previous myplace award, only those with large youth populations will be eligible to put forward additional projects. BIG do not expect to fund more than 10 projects through Round 2. Further eligibility and assessment criteria, including a final list of eligible areas will be published in June. Link here.

Standard Life Charitable Trust

Standard Life has announced the proposal to establish the Standard Life Charitable Trust later on in the year. The initial investment of around £5 million will come from the company's unclaimed assets trust, while the remainder will come from funds left over after a change to shareholder cash dividend payments. The Trust will be used to enable Standard Life to continue its approach to corporate responsibility and to support their community investment programmes. Link here.

Action Earth Grants

Local community groups that are working towards helping to protect England's biodiversity have the opportunity to apply for funding of up to £50 through the Action Earth Grants. The grants which are sponsored by the supermarket chain Morrisons are available to local environmental projects that are practical and visual; have an immediate or lasting benefit to the environment; involve volunteers (new/existing); and take place between 1st March and 31st July 2008. Each group can submit up to three projects. The final deadline for submitting applications is the 7th July 2009. Link here.

Life Plus Now Open for Applications

The European Commission has announced that that the third call for proposals under the Life + Programme is now open for applications. The Life + programme is the EU’s main fund for supporting environmental projects. Under this call for proposals, the Commission will be supporting projects under the following headings; nature and biodiversity; environment policy and governance; and information and communication. A total of €250 Million is available for this call and the total available to the UK is in excess of €19 million. Project proposals should be sent to the relevant national authority no later than 15 September 2009. Thereafter, national authorities will send project proposals on to the European Commission by 22 October 2009.The European Commission has also scheduled workshops for potential LIFE+ applicants in each EU member state. Within the UK the workshop will be held on the 26th June at the Park Crescent Conference Centre, London. Interested organisations should contact Joanna Pachucka at lifeplus-uk@stellaconsulting.com.

About the Modernisation Fund Grants Programme

The first phase of the Modernisation Fund Grants Programme is aimed at helping you understand your needs better. During June and July organisations delivering services that meet the needs of communities affected by the recession will be able to apply for £1,000 bursaries to pay for initial advice to explore how they can become more resilient and increase their impact by working more closely with others. Early applications are encouraged and will stand more chance of being successful. Visit http://www.modernisationfund.org.uk/ to find out more.

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