Modernisation Fund distribution plans revealed

first_imgModernisation Fund distribution plans revealed Howard Lake | 23 October 2005 | News Tagged with: Ireland Application is through an open two stage process. Applicants will initially be invited to submit a concise expression of interest after which successful expressions of interest will be asked to submit a full application for appraisal. An unusual aspect of this process will be the requirement in advance to get the endorsement of the government department responsible for the service or activity delivered. It appears that the fund will be open very shortly, with the draft guidelines indicating applications by the end of October. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img The government fund worth £18 million to assist the voluntary sector in Northern Ireland to modernise has produced draft guidelines. The Modernisation Fund has been established to provide resources above normal funding mechanisms to help promote modernization and change within the voluntary and community sector and to enhance the capacity of the sector to deliver services. The draft guidelines produced by the Department of Social Development indicate that the fund will only support those organizations which are already directly involved in delivering services. One element of the fund will distribute £3 million towards ‘innovation, organizational restructuring, joint working, partnerships or mergers and improving governance. The remaining £15 million pounds will be directed at improving service delivery through physical infrastructure with a particular priority on services in support of children and on improving accessibility to services. There is no funding limit for projects and while the funds will be distributed over three years the government is clear they do not want to ‘create a resource trail.’ In other words, they do want long term funding commitments and all initiatives have to be one-off. Advertisement  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake 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 and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

The MOVE 9: 39 years too many

first_imgArtist Sophia Dawson stands with her painting of Janet Africa, one of the imprisoned MOVE 9.Brooklyn, N.Y. — The MOVE 9 were honored on Aug. 5 at a Commemoration and Art Exhibit at Brooklyn’s House of the Lord Church. The very talented artist Sophia Dawson offered her paintings to be sold as fundraisers for these framed-up political prisoners.The MOVE 9 have been incarcerated since Aug. 8, 1978, when police carried out a massive, violent attack on their Philadelphia home. Police shot bullets into the house and sprayed tear gas and 10,000 pounds of water pressure per minute from each of four fire hoses. Forced out of their home, the 9 were beaten and arrested. None was charged with having a weapon, but they were falsely charged, convicted and sentenced to inhumane, long prison terms, allegedly for killing a cop.Incarcerated for 39 years, the MOVE 9 have consistently been denied parole since 2008. They have been deprived of their basic rights, including to their chosen diet and close access to family members. Two members of the MOVE 9, Phil Africa and Merle Africa, were killed by Pennsylvania’s brutal prison system.The Philadelphia police are so hostile to MOVE members that on May 13, 1985, they dropped a bomb on the MOVE house, killing 11 people, including five children.‘We will never give up!’Organizer Orrie Lumumba chaired the Brooklyn rally and introduced the speakers to the large audience. Members of MOVE, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Free Mumia Coalition and African-American community organizations from Brooklyn and elsewhere were on the program. They denounced racist attacks on the MOVE 9 and the horrific conditions of their imprisonment, and exposed the corruption and unfair practice of reactionary parole boards.Political prisoners Mumia Abu-Jamal and Janine Africa, one of the MOVE 9, called into the event from prison. They spoke and answered audience members’ questions. Janine Africa told everyone, “We will never give up!” and “Keep the pressure on!”The MOVE Organization asks supporters to sign a petition to pressure the U.S. Department of Justice into opening an investigation of the unjust imprisonment of the MOVE 9. It is critical that everyone stand up for them as they have stood for us all! See and Justice for the MOVE 9 on Facebook.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more