£70 million for “building communities” and the Our Place network

A £70 million fund designed to support and develop local organisations that provide a vital focal point for community life in England has been announced. for more information see the DCLG website. The Communitybuilders fund, a joint programme between the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Office of the Third Sector, is the largest single initiative outlined in the Government’s “Communities in control: real people, real power” White Paper.

There must be opportunities here for community archives.

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This item originally came from the news pages of the Our Place Network, set up by English Heritage. According to the press release:

Our Place is for people who work in broadening access to heritage and culture. It is an online space where you can network with peers, share and be inspired by project case studies, and discuss the challenges facing you today. It also contains news, resources and links – everything you need to know about engaging communities with heritage.

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The original idea stemmed from a conference that English Heritage and the National Trust ran in November 2006 called ‘Your Place or Mine? Engaging New Audiences with Heritage’. 350 policy makers and practitioners came together for the first time to share good practise, debate and learn from each other.

There hasn’t been a massive amount of activity on the site yet in terms of discussion and event announcements but the news is very useful and some of the talkboards might be very interesting for people involved in the whole question of what we mean when we talk about ‘communities’.

(And welcome to anyone who’s found this site through the “Our Place” network! Thanks for the link!).

Mary

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