Community groups and charities in Charnwood are being invited to apply for funding in 2020. Charnwood Borough Council has launched its new rounds of Charnwood Grants in a bid to help local organisations, charities and community led projects to access funding support. Cllr Deborah Taylor, the Council’s lead member for communities, said: “Our grants scheme has returned for another year and we’re encouraging local community groups, charities and organisations which may need some extra funding to look at what’s on offer. “We have a range of different grants to benefit a variety of projects. The scheme has helped many communities over the years, and we want to see that continue. “If you’re thinking of applying then make sure you take time to look at all of the information available and include as much detail as possible in your application. If you need help with your application, then just get in touch with our team who will be happy to help. ”So far the Council has awarded around £140,000 to local projects during the 19/20 rounds of funding. The Baldwin Trust, a charity which operates specially adapted, wheelchair friendly narrowboat cruises, crewed by volunteers, from Pillings Lock Marina in Barrow and Leicester Marina, Thurmaston, was awarded £5,000 to help with a new marketing project and to reach out to new volunteers. Mick Mcloughlin, chairman of trustees, said: “The Trust was established in 1983 and continues to deliver boat trips within the community which enhance the wellbeing of people of all ages. “We were delighted to find out we had been successful with our grant application. The funding has helped launch a new marketing campaign called Sailing into New Waters. The aim was to reach out to new partners and volunteers and raise awareness of the work the trust does.“We would recommend to any community groups or local charity in need of some extra funding to have a look at what funding is available through the Council. It’s easy to do and if you have any questions then the team are always willing to help. ”The different grants are open to properly constituted community and voluntary groups for activities not conducted for profit. The grants include: Community Development and Engagement – Round 1 deadline 17th April, 2020. This grant can provide up to £10,000 for organisations currently running projects with community benefit in Charnwood. Community Facilities Grants and Feasibility Studies – Round 1 deadline 17th April, 2020. The community facilities grants scheme can award funding of up to £20,000, to a maximum of 50% of the cost of a project which assists with the renovation and improvement of community buildings, and small-scale environmental improvement schemes. The feasibility studies grants scheme can award 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. Loughborough Community Grants – Round 1 deadline 28th April, 2020. These grants can provide up to £2,000 for organisations and projects, which deliver activities with community benefits in Loughborough. Sports and Leisure Grants – Round 1 deadline 28th April, 2020. A variety of grant funding for individuals, clubs and organisations in need of additional finance to run their projects and activities. Members Grants – Applications open on 1st April,2020. These grants give each borough councillor the opportunity to award up to £1,000 to projects which bring benefits to their ward each year. The latest application forms, deadlines and more information are available at: www.charnwood.gov.uk/charnwoodgrants, email: [email protected] or call 01509 634 730.