Community Projects Awarded over £20,000 in Council Funding

Groups in Charnwood have been awarded over £20,000 to support local projects. 

In the last round of grant applications for 2017-18, Charnwood Borough Council awarded funding to several community groups.

Falcon Support Services was awarded £8,000 towards an environmental project which aims to up-cycle products to make them into new, reusable items. The project will also help up-skill vulnerable people, providing them with new textiles, social and business skills. 

Shelthorpe Community Association was granted £7,000 to support their community allotments. The project aims to encourage residents to live a healthier lifestyle, by staying active and healthy eating from the allotments.

Little Bird SOS, a Leicestershire-based group which provides wellbeing activities, was given £6,000. The funding will go towards an event to promote gardening for health and wellbeing.

Councillor Brian Page, Lead Member for Communities, Safety and Wellbeing said: “It’s fantastic that we are able to fund more projects that are doing great work for the community. We’re committed to providing services which develop our local neighbourhood and these grants are a great opportunity for us to support projects which share our commitment.”

The Council supports a number of organisations and projects throughout the year. Other recent awards have included:

* £1,000 to Modern Painters, New Decorators for community workshops and a visual arts exhibition giving local people an opportunity to experience and engage with art. 

* £5,000 to The Exaireo Trust for its furniture project which provides valuable work experience for their residents.

* £20,000 to the Grange Park Centre towards a new community facility in Shelthorpe, Loughborough.

* £10,000 to the Loughborough Leggo Group for their Friday night Youth Club supporting young people with special needs.

The deadlines for the next round of grants are:

Loughborough community grant, deadline April 24, 2018 – The grant can provide up to £2,000 for voluntary sector and community organisations and projects, which deliver activities with community benefits in Loughborough. These grants can cover running costs (for up to one year) or one-off equipment costs.

Community Development and Engagement Grant, deadline, April 26, 2018 – The grant is open for any organisation working in Charnwood and can provide up to £10,000 towards running costs and one off equipment costs.

Community Facilities and Feasibility Grant, deadline, April 26, 2018 – The grant can provide a maximum of £20,000, up to a maximum of 50% of the cost of a project which assists with the renovation, improvement and provision of community buildings, and small-scale environmental improvement schemes. Feasibility studies grants awards grants of up to £5,000, to a maximum of 50% of the cost of feasibility studies as part of the development plan to undertake substantial refurbishment or propose a new-build community facility.

For more information about community grants, visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/charnwoodgrants or call 01509 634 730.