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Edition No. 135

Date:- 17 January 2004

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Grant Bonanza for Local Communities

VOLUNTARY and community groups in Liverpool and Knowsley are being encouraged to make last minute bids for their share of a £1 million fund to improve facilities and develop improvements in their neighbourhoods.

The cash represents the balance of this year¹s Community Chest and Community Learning Chest funds which are as yet unclaimed. Unless applications are received by January 30, the funds will be lost.

Nine hundred grants, worth more than £3 million, have already been awarded.

The appeal for applications comes from the Community Foundation for Merseyside, formerly Sefton Community Foundation, which encourages, supports and administers grant applications on behalf of funders, including the Government and other bodies.

The Foundation¹s Emma Scott explains:- "Community Chest grants can be from as little as £50 up to £5,000 and can be used for many purposes ranging from meeting the costs of printing a community newsletter and funding a festival or sports day, to buying equipment for an art club or drama society or paying for childcare to allow parents and carers to take part in community activities.

Grants are also available to fund IT equipment, training, stationery and publicity material, and for renovating or refurbishing premises or helping to pay for the upkeep of a community facility such as a children's playground."

Emma added:- "We'd be delighted to hear from new voluntary and community groups, as well as those that are more established. These funds offer a real opportunity to make a difference."

Interested organisations and individuals should contact the Community Foundation for Merseyside, Tel:- 0151-966 4604, or their local Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) for advice and further details. Liverpool CVS on:- 0151 920 0726; Knowsley CVS on:- 0151 443 4807.

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21st Century tribute to Holocaust victims

FROM MONDAY people will be able to post their message of remembrance in the city's Book of Commitment via the internet. Liverpool people will be able to record their thoughts and feelings about the Holocaust with the click of a mouse as Liverpool launches a 21st Century tribute to the victims of the holocaust. 

More people are expected to log on and show their commitment with access to over 240 computers throughout the city, via libraries and City Learning Centres. The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Ron Gould, and Council Leader, Councillor Mike Storey piloted the new website yesterday.

Councillor Gould said:- "An electronic Book of Commitment is a great step forward to make it much more accessible to a wider audience. People can log on from home, or if they don't have a computer, free internet access is available at the 24 libraries across the city.

It is our aim to make it as easy as possible for people to be able to pay their respects to the victims of the Holocaust, and all those who have suffered from crimes against humanity."

This year's Holocaust Memorial Day is recognised on January 27, in addition to the electronic version, there will also be a Book of Commitment in the foyer of Liverpool Town Hall which people can sign. A lit candle will be kept next to the book as a symbol of hope.

To access the online site go to It can be accessed until the 31 January 2004.

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