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DCH supports community volunteering and families in Plymouth

Authored by DCHnews

As part of its continued commitment to investing in its communities DCH has provided a £15,000 grant to the One Step Beyond CIC (OSB) Play Rangers Project in Barne Barton, Plymouth.

The funding will provide opportunities this summer for DCH customers in Barne Barton, Plymouth to get involved with volunteering in their community and for families to make the most of activity sessions...

Crimebeat grants available for Devon groups

Authored by Mary

Applications are now open for groups in Devon to apply for grants of up to £3000.

Grassroots Grants up to £500, Connection Grants up to £1000 and Action Grants up to £3000 are available for projects that can prove they will have a positive impact on vulnerable young people and will help cut crime, especially anti social behaviour, substance abuse or school absenteeism.

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Plymouth University agrees to play enhanced role in ESRC Festival of Social Science

Authored by Mary

Plymouth University has forged a partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) which will see it expanding its role in a major national festival taking place this autumn.

The ESRC stages the Festival of Social Science every November, with the aim of enhancing public engagement with academics and social science research.

Plymouth was among the universities to...

Dartmoor Zoo awarded Santander Foundation grant

Authored by News Desk

Dartmoor Zoo has been successful in its application for the Santander Foundation Charity Plus Grant.

Director Benjamin Mee visited the Plymouth Branch of Santander to collect a cheque for £4750.

Benjamin, appearing in the photo with Dawn Young, Helen Retallick & Sara Williams said: "This is a very important donation from the Santander Foundation.

"The money will be...

Boost for disability sport in Devon

Authored by Mary

Active Devon has been awarded a grant of £207,220 from Sport England to develop inclusive sporting opportunities for disabled people.

The Inclusive Sport programme is designed to increase the number of young people (aged 14 plus) and adults regularly playing sport as part of Sport England’s wider commitment to increasing regular sport participation by disabled people.

Active...

Plymouth wins funding to bring Reynolds' items home

Authored by Mary

Plymouth has won over £300,000 in grant funding to bring home incredibly important items by historic portrait painter, Sir Joshua Reynolds.

Staff at the City Museum and Art Gallery are celebrating after successfully securing £326,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the acquisition of a Reynolds’ first self-portrait, used by the artist to advertise his Plymouth Dock studio in...

Accountants to give free advice to small businesses under new scheme

Authored by News Desk

The UK’s smallest businesses could get up to £2000 to spend on professional business advice from an ACCA Accountant (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) under a government initiative delivered by small business network Enterprise Nation.

The Growth Voucher project, which is being jointly run with the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Cabinet Office and...

Government grants £32m for Sherford new town

Authored by Matthew Vizard

The BBC has revealed that the government will provide a £32m grant for the building of Sherford new town near Plymouth.

The project which was initiated 15 years ago and granted planning permission by South Hams District Council in 2011 and is backed by Plymouth City Council, had stalled pending a decision about its viability in the current economic climate. The government's grant...

Plymouth bids to transform city centre and waterfront cycling links

Authored by JamesM

Plymouth is bidding for Government funding to provide improved cycling and walking links through the city centre and along its spectacular waterfront.

As one of the cities applying for a ‘City Deal’, Plymouth has been given the opportunity to bid for a share of up to £30 million being made available through the Department for Transport’s Cycle City Ambition Grant. The grant scheme...

Special investigators to tackle social housing fraud

Authored by Matthew Vizard

A special team of investigators will be tracking down social housing fraudsters across Devon thanks to a £200,000 grant.

A bid by a partnership of Devon local authorities and social landlords, led by Plymouth City Council, has won government funding for a two year project.

Fraudsters who rent out their social home and live elsewhere can cost the taxpayer as much as £900 million...