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The Capacity Building Programme

Self-Help-Housing.Org & HACT are running a Capacity Building Programme (CBP) funded by Tudor Trust & Tribal, which is aimed at assisting organisations in receipt of Community Grant Programme funding.

Resources are limited, but the CBP will aim to include:

Regional Networks – A range ofregional events designed to enable organisations to learn from one another and to provide feedback to Tribal and DCLG. These will be focussed around The North West, North East, Yorkshire & Humberside, Midlands, South West, South East & London.

On Line Resources – Provision of on-line information and briefings including further Webinars

Peer Support– Arranging for experienced community led organisations to provide briefings for new entrants, either on an one-to-one basis or via involvement in regional meetings.

On Line Seminars: Seminars around specific activities concerning the use of empty properties and project development . .

Project Development: Assistance in connection with working on business plans, financial modelling and longer term organisational development.

Finance/Loans Brokering relations with community finance bodies offering loan finance and trusts/foundations offering grants.

Support From Local Authorities & Housing Associations.Assistance indeveloping relations with local authorities and partnerships with housing associations, in terms of providing help and support.

Infra-Structure/Umbrella Organisations: Work with infrastructure organisations

(eg Empty Homes Network , Locality, Empty Homes, Urban Forum, Housing Justice) to alert them to the CGP and to ways in which they can engage with organisations in receipt of funding or seeking further funding. .

Dialogue With Tribal & DCLG: Providing feedback to both Tribal and DCLG on the way in which the programme is progressing.

Evaluation of The CGP: Assistingthe Third Sector Resource Centre in evaluating the programme and in particular in trying to capture the extent of “community benefit” generated through work undertaken by grant recipients.

December 2012