Friday, 1 June 2012

Money for something old, something new, something, er.. Big Bang...

European Prize for Cultural Heritage - 10,000 Euros

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage (Europa Nostra Awards) celebrates excellence in cultural heritage conservation, ranging from the restoration of buildings and their adaptation to new uses, to urban and rural landscape rehabilitation, archaeological site interpretations, and care for art collections.

Each year, up to six prizes of €10,000, and up to 25 non-financial awards are given to architects, craftsmen, volunteers, schools, local communities, heritage owners and media.

Prizes are awarded in the following categories:

Category 1 - Conservation

Category 2 - Research

Category 3 - Dedicated Service by Individuals or Organisations

Category 4 - Education, Training and Awareness-raising

The deadline for submissions to the 2013 Awards is 1 October 2012.

Start-up Loans - up to £2,500 + support for young entrepreneurs in England 

The Government has announced the launch of a new £82.5 million student-loan style initiative for young entrepreneurs in England who are planning to start a new business.

Initial plans for the StartUp Loans scheme were first announced by the Government in the 2012 Budget. Based on the current student loan system, the scheme will enable young people who choose not to go to university to access low interest loans to help them start up a company.

Young entrepreneurs taking part in the initiative will be awarded a small amount of capital to help them get started. Loans of up to £2,500 per individual are available.

In addition to the loan, applicants will receive business support and mentoring and a free copy of the StartUp Loans Kit, which offers guidance on starting a business, together with more than £500 worth of offers on products, from business cards to websites, netbooks and work suits.

The scheme is open to 18-24 years-olds who are planning to start up a business enterprise in England. Applicants will need a "viable" business idea in order to qualify for support.

Applications may be submitted at any time.

LSIS funding for 'Big Bang Near Me' fairs - up to £10,000 

The aim of The Big Bang programme of events is to engage, inspire and motivate learners to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

LSIS is now offering funding to enable FE and skills providers to plan, deliver and evaluate their own Big Bang fair during 2012-13. The events should offer a valuable CPD opportunity for staff, and inspiration for current and future learners, all centred on STEM subjects. This will involve working in partnership with employers in local STEM-related industries and other organisations.

There is a maximum grant available for Raising awareness of STEM opportunities with learners through 'Big Bang Near Me' fairs of up to £10,000 per project. The Big Bang team will provide an online toolkit and telephone support.

Applications can be made by completing the attached form and sending by email to tlpfundingportal@lsis.org.uk by midnight on Monday 11th June 2012.

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