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Girls in Gangs
Comic Relief are making several grants available in the UK for multi-partner projects which can help intervene between young women and gangs, such as providing family-focused interventions and providing support in schools......

Consultation - Business rates: delivering more frequent revaluations
The government is seeking views from of stakeholders as it begins to consider how more frequent revaluations could be delivered and as it develops options for change....

Mid Devon’s Land Charges service wins national award
Mid Devon District Council Customer satisfaction award for local authority searches...

Councillors Guide 2016
LGA publishes the Councillor Guide 2016 .....

Funding boost for schools helping pupils develop character
£6 million funds available for character grants to schools and local authorities promoting traits such as resilience and respect in children through activities...

Consultation Launched into Distribution of National Lottery Money
Views sought on proposed new policy directions for the allocation of Big Lottery Funds ......


16 places across England will collectively receive £20 million to put arts and culture at the heart of their communities.

Release Date: Mar 17, 2017

This investment is part of the Great Place Scheme – a National Lottery-funded programme to ensure that investment in arts and culture also has the biggest possible impact on local economies, jobs, education, community cohesion and health and wellbeing.

 It also aims to persuade local councils, civic organisations and businesses to invest in and put culture at the heart of their thinking.
The 16 places to successfully bid for funding are spread across England, including Barnsley, Great Yarmouth, Gloucester and Walthamstow. 
Gloucester have been allotted £1,489,200 for their project, "Gloucester - A proud past: Culture at the heart of an ambitious future"
National Lottery funding for Gloucester has improved parts of the town centre and paid for major work to the Cathedral.  The City Council now has a vision to transform how historic buildings and outdoor spaces are used and viewed by local people, supporting those who live, work and play in the city to follow their cultural interests, passions and vocations. The aim is to devolve custodianship of culture from the city council to a new, diverse and active Gloucester Culture Trust. The trust will work to increase local engagement with arts and heritage to raise aspirations and improve wellbeing, particularly among young people
The Torbay Economic Development Company Ltd have also been allocated £1,191,400 for the ‘Torbay, a place to feel great’ development.