The ivo social funding competition shortlist is out!

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The judges have met and the shortlist has been agreed. 

26 entries were received, many of which are deserving of support. But we could not short list everyone, as much as we would have liked to. Whilst it was a tough choice, we have managed to whittle it down to 8 projects. It's now over to you to vote for your favourite to win!

There are three prizes up for grabs, a top prize of £500 with two second prizes of £250 each. This means tat the odds of winning are high so your vote will really count!

The competition criteria can be found in the original blog post. We were looking for events and activities that have the potential to bring people together to make social change happen and enable them to have some fun and do some good at the same time.

The shortlist is below with a click through to their full entry. Have a browse and once you've decided which one you want to vote for select their project in the Poll - it's as simple as that. Only registered ivo members can vote - sign up here if you want to join in - and you can only vote once, so make your choice carefully! 

Voting will close at midnight on the 6th June, with the winner announced on the 7th, the last day of Volunteers' Week.

If you've been shortlisted, congratulations for getting this far and best of luck!  

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The Shortlist

Reclaim Our name campaign - Manchester
A youth-led organisation based in Manchester. We are all young people aged 14-21. We aim to promote the positive achievements of young people and also to challenge overly negative coverage in the media. 

Harrogate Volunteer Centre 'V in the Park' event - Harrogate
The event will be part of the Big Picnic, an annual family day run by a local voluntary organisation, which attracts over 5,000 people a year, with the aim of recruiting over 300 new volunteers during the summer of 2012.

Building Circles friendship project - Gloucestershire
To run a social event for volunteers and people with learning disabilities to create lasting and supportive friendships.

Kemp Town Carnival, volunteer Thank You event - Brighton & Hove
A celebratory event to say a special thank you to hundreds volunteers and workshop participants that take part in the annual Kemp Town Carnival.

Artcore, 'Together We Stand' community cohesion project - Derby
A mural project that aims to bring together a wide variety of ethnic minorities residing in Derby to promote better community cohesion.

Hear Us Well Being Event - Croydon, London
An summer social and well being event for people in Croydon who are affected by mental illness, their families, carers and staff.  

Kate Mars 'From the Earth' community ceramics event - Bristol
Community arts project led by 18-25 year old volunteers to provide an opportunity for local families to come together and engage in a creative activity during the summer holidays.

Sefton Green Gym Community Arts Project - Sefton
A run of workshops taking place in the summer with an end result of a volunteer community made mosaic floor inspired by Sefton Green Gym allotment.

PLEASE NOTE: In the event of a tie for the first prize, the prize fund will be split equally between the winners - so if there are two winners for first, they will share the £500 fund equally. In the event of a tie for second, we will treat both as prize winners as there are two second prizes available. If there are more than two winners tied for second, we will divide the total prize fund available for second prize equally between all winners. 

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Top answer

gooo artcore..!!!!

HARROGATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ale

Good luck Artcore!

Go on Artcore!

Come on Artcore. You do well for the local community!

Good luck Gloucester... keep on widening those circles of friendship for folks with a learning disability.. thank you

Go Artcore Go!

Safe as milk

Good luck peeps

"This is a non-profit co-operative voluntary organisation, running a large allotment site. We are a very mixed group. The ethos is to get healthy exercise out in the fresh air and to promote a working together environment. We have members from various ethnic backgrounds, as well as young people with learning difficulties and job seekers. We have a lot of fun, meeting mainly on Thursdays to work and share lunch. Anyone is welcome!

Why the community needs this charity

The members are the community, we get great exercise in the fresh air: good for morale and for health. We get the satisfaction of building and improving the allotment out of the growing season. Then we watch our produce grow from the seeds we plant to the finished food that we share and take home - a world away from the supermarket in taste, in cost, in health. We have all ages from mums and tots, through middle aged to retired (and all abilities) looking and finding something different to do.
Results and outcomes

For the shy it's a great way to meet others in a stress-free space. Less confident folk have an opportunity to learn new skills. For the isolated its a way to get out for company and activity. Folk with special needs are happy to be given jobs that they can do at their own pace, and stay quiet or chat to other members. Over the last few years the site has been developed from a wilderness to a very useful garden, polytunnels, raised and flat beds, ponds and fruit trees. There's much more to do."