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The UK’s annual Heritage Open Days are back, and there are lots of opportunities to explore Reading’s past – historic buildings holding open days and events, guided walks, arts and cultural events, exhibitions and more. There are 47 events in this year’s programme, including lace making demonstrations at the Museum of English Rural Life, a postcard making workshop for families at the Malmaison hotel, walks around Reading’s conservation areas and exploring Reading’s industrial past, and the opportunity to see RISC’s hidden ...
A new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund has been announced. The Fund, which is jointly managed by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, including seizures from criminals.
We are looking for local groups and organisations to take part and share their skills and interests in our first Fun Palace on Saturday 7 October. Events will be happening across each of our libraries and we are looking for groups to help us make it a success and put on lots of fun free activities across the borough.
The 2017 Aviva Community Fund opens for project submissions on 12 September, with more chances to win than ever before. The Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to get funding from £1,000 up to £25,000 for an important cause in your community. All you have to do is enter a project for your community organisation and tell us what a difference these much-needed funds could make.
Many thanks to everyone that completed our recent survey. We had a great response, and it’s really good to know that there are still plenty of active groups of neighbours around Reading and people getting involved in their communities. Our next step is to spend some time analysing the responses to the survey. The holiday season’s here, so please be patient with us – we expect to review the results at the beginning of September and will be in touch shortly ...
Reading UK CIC is delighted to announce that the inaugural Reading-on-Thames Festival will take place between 9 and 17 September 2017. This new arts and cultural festival for Reading was born out of the ideas, enthusiasm and momentum from Reading’s Year of Culture in 2016. It aims to put Reading’s waterways back at the heart of the town as the backdrop and inspiration for an inspiring eight-day arts programme from national and local cultural groups.
We want to make our 10th annual East Reading Festival bigger and better than ever! All East Reading communities and residents are invited for this free event on Sunday 17 June 2018 in Palmer Park. Save the date and watch this space for further information.
Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality. Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years.
FareShare is a charity aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK. It does this by rescuing good-quality surplus food that would otherwise have gone to waste and sending it to over 2000 charity and community groups across the United Kingdom. They are currently matching up the three Aldi stores in Reading with groups that could benefit.
The Big Lottery Fund has simplified the guidance notes for its small grants programme Awards for All, including fewer restrictions and new priorities. Awards for All offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary and community organisations, schools and statutory bodies in order to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need.