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first_img The Tudor Trust has published new guidelines covering the period April 2011 to March 2012.The Trust is a significant funder for several reasons: it is amongst the largest independent grantmaking trusts covering the whole of the UK, with annual spending in the order of £18 million; the trustees are not obsessed with innovation for innovation’s sake; the Trust supports work across a wide range of needs, focussing on helping people at the margins of society and tackling the root causes of their problems. It prefers to support organisations with a turnover of less than £1 million. About a fifth of all grants go to organisations with a turnover of less than £50,000.The new guidelines show less of a change in substance than they do in style. Subtitled “Encouraging progress, development and fresh ideas”, they outline the Trust’s approach and interests rather than present a long list of dos and don’ts. Advertisement Grants can cover core costs, project costs or capital development needs. Money can also be spent on your organisation’s capacity building. Loans can be given if they most suit your requirements. There is no minimum of maximum grant level. Most grants are for one, two or three years though longer ones are possible if you can show that the extra time is required to make a complex problem approachable.The Trust has seen a steady decline in applications in recent years and is especially keen to see more applications from the English regions, for example the East Midlands and Eastern England, and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.The Trust’s updated guidelines can be downloaded at www.tudortrust.org.uk/downloads/funding_guidelines_2011_12.pdf.It’s a two stage application process. There are no closing dates. Allow around four months for final decisions to be made.This piece is an abbreviated version of one of many funding opportunities first published this week at www.fundinginformation.org, the resource for up to date information about new sources of grants, loans and donations for voluntary organisations, charities, social enterprises and the public sector throughout the UK. Howard Lake | 6 April 2011 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tudor Trust updates its guidelinescenter_img Tagged with: Funding  17 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Kee / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) — LeBron James has surpassed Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time points list.The Los Angeles Lakers forward tied Jordan’s 32,292 career points with a fadeaway in the second quarter of Wednesday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets. James later broke Jordan’s record in the same quarter with a layup.He ended the game with 31 points, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Nuggets, who beat the Lakers 115-99.After the game, James told reporters that passing Jordan in career points “ranks right up there at the top with winning a championship.”“It’s just, I mean, for a kid from Akron, Ohio that needed inspiration and needed some type of positive influence, MJ was that guy for me,” James, 34, said. “I watched him from afar, wanted to be like MJ, wanted to shoot fadeaways like MJ, wanted to stick my tongue out on dunks like MJ, wanted to wear my sneaks like MJ, wanted kids to look up to me some day like MJ. It’s crazy, to be honest. It’s beyond crazy.”After passing Jordan, James is now in fourth place on the NBA’s all-time points list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928 points) and Kobe Bryant (33,643 points).Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by Beau Lundcenter_img March 7, 2019 /Sports News – National LeBron James passes Michael Jordan in career pointslast_img read more


first_imgHarlesden’s former Olympic champion Audley Harrison, who returns to the ring against Ali Adams on Saturday, insists his poor showing against David Haye in his last fight was caused by a pectoral injury.Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img


first_imgMark Hughes says QPR’s Julio Cesar is among the best goalkeepers he has ever seen.The Rangers boss, a former Manchester United colleague of Peter Schmeichel and international team-mate of Everton legend Neville Southall, believes Cesar is as good as them both in their prime.“Over the years I had the pleasure of playing with the likes of Schmeichel and Southall, and he’s right up there,” Hughes said.“It’s not only his ability as a keeper. His mentality in the dressing room is huge for us and that’s a benefit we’ll tap into.“He understands what it takes and he drives people around him. He inspires people with his manner and his presence.“He’s on a par with the top keepers in the world in my view.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img


first_img15 July 2008The Banking Association of South Africa and the South African Savings Institute are to pilot the Teach Children to Save initiative on 25 July, in an effort to encourage youngsters increase their financial awareness and to start saving earlier in their lives.The Teach Children to Save Day has been sponsored in the USA by the American Bankers Association Education Foundation (ABAEF) since 1997, and the highly successful programme is now being piloted in South Africa, Mexico and Turkey.“In South Africa, the pilot project will lay the groundwork for an ongoing annual event that will highlight the important role that volunteer bankers and financial sector professionals can play in educating our nation’s youth about the lifelong habit of saving,” says the Banking Association of SA.The South African version of the campaign, which is supported by the national education department, has lessons that are aimed at students in Grades four to seven.The initiative aims to promote financial literacy, foster a culture of saving, promote volunteerism, create awareness about the value of money and the importance of savings and assist students to appreciate that being able to chose empowers them.While modelled on the original US initiative, the local programme has been customised for South Africa, and the pilot was deliberately timed to coincide with South Africa’s Savings Month, July.Teach Children to Save SA has also adopted motto of Savings Month, Ligotshwa lisase manzi, a Zulu saying that means that if you want to shape a stick, you will best do it while it is still moist – referring to the need to focus on youngsters.Volunteer bankersVolunteer bankers and financial sector professionals will deliver one-hour lessons on why saving is important, how to design a budget, recognising needs and wants, and how interest makes money grow.To date, local financial institutions including Absa, African Bank, Capitec Bank, First National Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank have pledged their support for the initiative, which also has the backing of USA-based Citi Bank.“Bankers and financial sector professionals will use lesson plans and their work-based knowledge and skills to inspire learners in Grades four to seven to become lifelong savers,” the Banking Association of SA said.Saving, budgeting and bankingThe curriculum to be used by the volunteer bankers covers the basic concept of saving, as well as the following: Reasons to save – Saving is the best way to get the things you want and need and to achieve individual or household security and peace of mind.Budgeting to save – Budgeting is the key to finding out how much you can afford to save based on how much you spend now. Understanding the difference between needs and wants is the first step in decreasing spending and increasing saving.Where to save – The bank is the safest place for your money. Banks offer different types of accounts to help you make the most of your savings. Interest is the money that the bank pays you while you keep money in your account. “Whilst we cannot claim that a one-day event will influence behavioural change, we can guarantee that your presence at that school will leave a lasting impression on the scholars and may resonate well into the future in the promotion of a financially literate society,” said the Banking Association of SA managing director Cas Coovadia in a letter issued to the banks.The South African pilot initiative’s founding partners include the Banking Association of South Africa, the South African Savings Institute, the American Bankers Association Education Foundation, Operation HOPE, and Citi.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


first_imgWhat the Active House standard looks likeThe 1st edition of the Active House specification (subtitled “buildings that give more than they take”) is a 44-page document that can be downloaded from the alliance’s web site in either English or German.It lays out a number of “key principles” in three areas:Energy. Buildings should be energy efficient, “easy to operate,” exploit a number of energy sources and “substantially” exceed minimum energy standards.Indoor climate. In addition to high indoor air quality, the house interior should promote “health, comfort and sense of well-being.” It should also be easy for occupants to control.Environment. Houses should have minimal impact on the environment, “add to local biodiversity” and be constructed of materials with a high recycled content.“Active House proposes a target framework for how to design and renovate buildings that contribute positively to human health and wellbeing by focusing on the indoor and outdoor environment and the use of renewable energy,” the document’s introductory section explains. “An Active House is evaluated on the basis of the interaction between energy consumption, indoor climate conditions and impact on the external environment.”The web site lists a number of alliance partners as well as its board of directors. The chairman is Mikkel Skott Olsen of Velux.Like other green-building initiatives, this one lists measurable objectives in a number of areas. Annual energy use, for example, must be 30 kWh or less per square meter per year to hit the top of four rankings (that’s double the amount allowed under the Passivehaus standard). Houses that produce all of the energy they need on site get a no. 1 ranking in the energy supply section, or a no 2 ranking if they produce more than 50% of the energy they use. There also are goals for the amount of daylight the buildings take advantage of, maximum and minimum indoor temperatures, and maximum permissible carbon dioxide levels. What makes Active House different?Matt Belcher’s selection to spearhead the Active House movement in the U.S. might seem a little ironic. Among his many professional connections is a seat on the board of directors of the National Association of Home Builders, which helped to develop the National Green Building Standard (also known by its more formal moniker, ASNI-ICC 700). Belcher, in fact, is chairman of NAHB’s green-building subcommittee.But Belcher’s close association with the ICC-700 has done nothing to dim his enthusiasm for this one. The Webster Groves project is designed to qualify for a number of sustainable-building designations, including Energy Star, Building America Builders Challenge, and the National Green Building Standard.Belcher says the Active House standard could work in tandem with other green-building initiatives like NGBS, not necessarily replace them. “I view them as complementary, and expanding my marketing message,” he says. He adds that Active House is “quite similar” to ICC-700 in that it takes a “holistic” approach to building design.But the Active House specification, he says, puts more emphasis on daylighting and other design features that make a house healthy and comfortable.“I tell you what I like about Active House,” Belcher says, “and, again, I’m chair of NBH’s green building subcommittee, and a big believer in the National Green Building Standard because it’s a great specification. What I like about Active House is the fact that one of their main goals was occupant comfort.“I’m concerned some of the programs out there are more about the building than the occupant,” he says. “Obviously, we need to have high performance buildings but we can’t forget who’s going to live in those houses, either.”Belcher also is getting a kick out of helping to develop the specification.“Besides being involved in assisting with the development of their specification, which is cool, interacting with building codes and science geeks like me from many other countries is very cool,” he says. Whether the process translates into a program that North American builders and buying public embrace, however, remains to be seen.“The jury’s still out, frankly,” Belcher says. Does the U.S. need another green-building standard?St. Louis builder Matt Belcher and the Active House Alliance, a consortium of European firms led by Velux, are hoping so, and a nearly complete 2,500-sq. ft. house in a St. Louis suburb will be its U.S. debut.Active House is a two-year-old program launched in Brussels that promotes the construction of houses that are energy-efficient, comfortable to live in, and positive for the environment.Those goals seem in line with green-building programs already established here, including LEED for Homes, the National Green Building Standard and even Passivhaus. Yet the consortium apparently sees enough differences in these competing approaches to press ahead.Active House certification requires third-party verification, and relatively few of them have been built. Green Building Advisor contributor Richard Defendorf profiled one Active House built in Russia in a 2011 blog. The Alliance also lists a number of ”Active House cases” at its web site.Construction of the house in Webster Groves, not too far from the center of St. Louis, is the start of efforts by the European consortium to extend its reach here.center_img Active House comes to AmericaThe new house at the corner of Gray and West Swon Avenues in Webster Groves is the work of Belcher’s firm, his frequent collaborator Kim Hibbs of Hibbs Homes, architect Jeff Day and several others. But it really started when Velux got in touch with Belcher and asked him whether he’d be interested in building the first Active House on this side of the Atlantic.The company found him, Belcher says, through its network of Velux dealers here, and Belcher flew to Charleston to meet with alliance officials. With a number of green-building projects already under his belt, Belcher thought an Active House project would be a good fit, even if early Active Houses tended toward modern designs.“I felt confident to build to these levels,” he says, “but also knowing what price point we’d be at I kind of knew we’d be in the inner suburbs of St. Louis and I also knew their architectural review boards were not going to let me build an ultra-modern looking house in these old neighborhoods. [Active House] was fine with that, and in fact they came to really like the idea that we had to design for an infill house and make it an Active House.”Belcher and Hibbs approached Day, with whom they’d worked in the past, and began looking for a likely client. That turned out to be David Smith, a local accountant, who’d hired Day to design a remodel for him in the past. Smith had contacted Day to tell him he was thinking of building a new house.“And Jeff says, ‘Have I got the perfect project for you,’” Belcher says. “David’s a CPA and 10 minutes into the conversation he got the economics of it. It was a slam-dunk.”What Smith and his young family got was a two-story bungalow-style house made with structural insulated panels (R-25 walls and R-45 roof) for about $500,000, or $200 a square foot. It’s heated with a 98% efficient gas furnace, cooled with a SEER 20 air conditioning unit and serviced by an energy-recovery ventilator, Belcher says. It has 4.88 kW worth of photovoltaic panels on the roof, and solar collectors for domestic hot water.“People ask about the cost of the equipment to make it perform and that probably added about 7% total to the cost of the house,” Belcher says. “But the upgrades in tile, high-end hardwood and all that stuff probably added 10%. So it’s kind of relative to the construction costs of the house. People get the wrong idea of what those [performance] upgrades are.”Active House liked the fact the house would be an infill project, and also because of the St. Louis climate.“One of the things that became appealing to the Active House Alliance was that we heat half the year and cool half the year,” Belcher says. “We’re in a mixed humid climate zone, so we have to build for both extremes, plus we’re in tornado alley, and in the New Madrid seismic zone. We’re building bunkers that look like houses.”The house, described in an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, will get a blower-door test later in March, as well as equipment allowing performance monitoring, before the Smiths move in. The project also has its own web site, which includes a project description, background on the Active House initiative, and more photographs of the project.The house replaces an 80-year-old bungalow on the lot that was in poor repair. Belcher says they deconstructed the house, diverting 50 tons of materials from landfills and supplying a local Habitat ReStore outlet with windows and other materials.last_img read more


first_img Categories: Berman News 19Feb Rep. Berman: Give local officials more input in alcohol regulation Local establishments with licenses to sell alcohol would have the freedom to extend their hours of operation upon approval from community officials under legislation introduced today by state Rep. Ryan Berman of Commerce Township.Under Berman’s plan, local governments will be given the option to allow community businesses the ability to sell alcohol between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.“We are simply giving local municipalities the option to allow alcohol permits for establishments desiring to extend their hours of operation,” said Berman, who serves as the majority vice chair of the House Regulatory Reform Committee. “It’s an optional program. By no means do communities have to act in accordance with this proposal and grant businesses extended hours. It’s strictly up to local officials on how they wish to regulate alcohol sales within their borders.”Berman said local governments which opt in could see a general increase in revenue.House Bill 4213 now moves to the House Regulatory Reform Committee for further consideration.last_img read more