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Major cash injection for RIBA regions

The RIBA has given a huge boost to its regional offices by increasing its Local Initiative Fund from just £8,000 this year to £85,000 in 2012 – more than ten times as much

The windfall is equivalent to more than £1,000 per RIBA branch. Regional offices and societies can apply for small individual projects, activities and capital expenditure.

The widely welcomed move was spearheaded by the vice president of membership, nations and regions Stephen Hodder.

Jon Jo MacNamara, the regional director of RIBA North East, said: ‘This is an excellent initiative, which will greatly benefit members across all the English regions and Wales.

‘Hodder is to be congratulated for his determination and tenacity in driving the initiative forward.’

‘From a North East perspective, the additional resources will help towards greater investment in our student society and our young practitioners forum, and will also provide new investment in our business development forum, due to launch in January 2012 – all of which will set a great tone to start 2012.’

In 2011 the Local Initiative Fund supported 16 projects, including:

  • Birmingham Architecture Association: Walking Architecture app – at walkingarchitecture.co.uk – a searchable archive of buildings and tours from across Birmingham including historic, contemporary or conceptual architecture
  • Buckingham Society of Architects: The Sir George Gilbert Scott 200th Anniversary exhibition in the exercise yard of Buckingham Old Gaol. Featuring prints from the renowned RIBA drawings collection, including a selection of buildings from the local area.

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  • This is very welcome news and full credit is due to Stephen for spearheading this increase in the LIF fund and his support for branches and the work they are doing across the country.

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