Local community groups are encouraged to apply for Councillor Grants from Warwickshire County Council

Warwickshire County Council are very pleased to announce the launch of its Councillors’ Grant Fund for 2018/19 which is now open for applications from voluntary and community groups across the county.

The Councillors’ Grant Fund provides each of Warwickshire County Council’s 57 Councillors with an allocated fund of £6000 to support small-scale projects within their division and has been used in previous years to support a wide range of projects from updating community facilities to traffic management improvements on local roads. Groups that have benefitted from the fund in the past have included community libraries, scouts, art groups, village halls, community shops, allotment societies, carer support groups and local foodbanks.

Any groups wishing to apply for Councillor Grant Funding can do so using the new online system and the deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 31st August 2018. The online application process is accessible here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfOmsR8HULKQKXcTVa6vGj6o3ZUYE6I62ZO6-_43GiTW9o90g/viewform

For groups looking for a helping hand to complete their application forms, help is on hand from Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA) who are holding a series of funding workshops to support groups or organisations considering applying to the Fund. These sessions will include providing guidance on: eligibility of projects, advice on completing a funding application, and signposting to other funding or support sources. Details of the workshops are below:

Stratford: Monday 18th June from 5-7pm at Stratford on Avon District Council Offices (Elizabeth House, Church Street, CV37 6HX) – Link to book

Rugby: Monday 25th June from 5:30-7:30pm at Learn Warwickshire Hub (6 Mitchell Court, Castle Mound Way, Central Park, Rugby, CV23 0UY) – Link to book

There will also be a funding drop-in session in Rugby on Thursday 19th July from 10.30am-12.30pm at Moriarty’s Café (28 Regent Street, Rugby, CV21 2PS). No booking necessary, just call in.

Nuneaton and Bedworth: Wednesday 20th June from 6:30-8:30pm at St Nicolas Community Centre (Vicarage Street, Nuneaton CV11 4AZ) – Link to book

North Warwickshire: Thursday 21st June from 5:30-7:30pm at St Peters Church (Mancetter Road, Mancetter, CV9 1NH) – Link to book

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.

“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. Councillors are keen to support as many local groups as possible.”

More information about the Councillor Grant Fund in Warwickshire can be found on the Warwickshire Website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/cllrgrants