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Grants of up to £10,000 available to improve Gateshead neighbourhoods

Grants of up to £10,000 available to improve Gateshead neighbourhoods

The Gateshead Housing Company’s new Community Fund is offering cash and in-kind awards from £500 to £10,000 to groups across Gateshead wanting to help improve their estates and neighbourhoods.

The Gateshead Housing Company manages just under 23,000 homes across Gateshead. Its new fund will support projects that will:

* Improve the lives of young people and young adults

* Improve the lives of older residents

* Be environmentally friendly and help to make Gateshead a ‘greener’, more sustainable place to live

* Benefit a whole estate or neighbourhood by involving residents of all ages joining together to make a difference.

The company’s partners Frank Haslam Milan Ltd, Gateshead Council and Morrison Facilities Services Limited have pledged support, both in money and work in-kind towards the fund, every year up to 2010.

The fund will make its first grants in April 2007 and aims to share the money equally across the borough.

The Community Foundation, which currently manages over £40 million of charitable and community funds, is administrating the fund on behalf of the housing company.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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