County Councillor grants available for community projects

The ‘Councillor Grant Fund’ from Warwickshire County Council has been launched again this year, giving support to smaller voluntary and community groups in Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire.

With over £100 000 to be distributed between groups and causes, interested parties are encouraged to get their bids in early to avoid disappointment.

The ‘Councillor Grant Fund’ provides each councillor with a pot of £5,000 to support worthwhile projects in their area. Last year over 80 groups benefitted from awards ranging from £300 to £2000. Groups that benefitted from the fund include community libraries, scouts, art groups, village halls, community shops, allotment societies, carer support groups and local foodbanks.

Last year, young people were well supported with a wide variety of projects across North Warwickshire: Baddesley and Grendon Youth Club started a new club for 10-15 year olds; Atherstone Adders Hockey Club ran tasters sessions at local schools; while North Warwickshire Cricket Club, Polesworth, used its grant to expand its junior section with new coaches and equipment.

In Nuneaton and Bedworth, grants were used by the Bermuda Phoenix Centre, Keresley Village Community Association, Grove Farm Community Association who all received funds to make improvements to their Community Centres. Hill Top Allotment Society received funding to convert land into new allotments and existing allotments at Newdigate Road; Marston Lane; and Ash Green in Bedworth also received funding.

A large number of sports groups across the Borough also received funding: Weddington Sports & Social Bowls Club put their award towards a new roof and path, while Newdigate Amateur Boxing Club bought head guards and gloves and Bedworth Disabled Swimming Club used their funding for pool hire.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council, said:

“The Councillor grant is an opportunity for community groups to showcase projects and schemes to elected members and for us to make a contribution that will help them to make a difference in their local communities. I urge community groups to apply for this funding quickly in order to beat the rush.”

Cllr Richard Chattaway, Chair of the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, added:

“This is an important initiative, bringing much needed money and investment into communities that have often complained at the overall lack of such investment. These are meaningful sums of money available in order to strengthen local communities and good causes. In total, over £100,000 is available to local groups across the Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire. Councillors are keen to support as many local groups as possible.”

The fund is being run by Warwickshire County Council’s Northern Area Team. Please submit your application form by email or post to the Northern Area Team by 30th September 2014.

For further details and an application form, please either visit your local library or Community Hub. Or contact the Northern Area Team on 024 7637 5700 or email northernareateam@warwickshire.gov.uk