Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is very pleased to announce the launch of its Councillors’ Grant Fund for 2019/20 which is now open for applications from voluntary and community organisations 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 that can demonstrate support for the following outcomes:
- Warwickshire’s communities and individuals are supported to be safe, healthy and independent
- Warwickshire’s economy is vibrant and supported by the right jobs, training, skills and infrastructure
All applications should aim to address local issues and improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Warwickshire. In particular, applications which address one or more of the following key priority areas will be supported:
- Improving community assets and their sustainability
- Improving access to services
- Improving financial capability
- Improving health and wellbeing
- Reducing loneliness and isolation
Cllr Grants have been used in previous years to support a wide range of projects from updating community facilities to traffic management improvements on local roads. Organisations and groups that have benefitted from the fund in the past have included community libraries, scout groups, art groups, village halls, community shops, allotment societies, carer support groups and local foodbanks.
Any organisations or groups wishing to apply for Councillor Grant Funding can do so using the new online system and the deadline for applications for the first round of funding is 5pm on Friday 7 June 2019. The online application process is accessible here: https://docs.google.com/a/warwickshire.gov.uk/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMfdIfyqpZZvzHRMNecbGgYxpzJmcaMrrSWuhLquVYoN-hpg/closedform
For organisations or groups looking for support to complete their application forms, help is on hand from Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA) and WCC’s Localities & Communities Officers, who have arranged a series of funding workshops to provide assistance to 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:
Wednesday 15th May from 5–7pm Stratford Methodist Church (Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BG) Please book via this link
Monday 13th May from 11am-1pm Maia Café at Rugby Library (Little Elborow St, Rugby, CV213BZ)
Tuesday 21st May from 2-4pm Brownsover BREW café at Christ Church (2 Helvellyn Way, CV21 1QG)
Friday 24th May from 12–2pm Mosaic Café (14 Main St, Rugby, CV22 7NB)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance.
Nuneaton and Bedworth
Wednesday 29th May from 2:30-4:30pm
St Nicholas Church Community Centre (Vicarage St, Nuneaton, CV11 4AZ)
Wednesday 29th May from 6:30-8:30pm
Old Meeting URC Church (Leicester St, Bedworth CV12 6AH)
Tuesday 14th May from 9:30-11am at Hartshill Community Centre (Church Rd, Hartshill, Nuneaton, CV10 0LY)
Monday 20th May 11am-12pm at Polesworth Memorial Hall (20 Bridge St, Polesworth, Tamworth B78 1DT)
Thursday 23rd May 10am-12pm at WCAVA Office (Community House, Coleshill Road, Atherstone, CV9 1BN)
Friday 24th May 10am-12pm at Coleshill Library (19A Parkfield Rd, Coleshill, Birmingham, B46 3LD)
Email email@example.com to confirm your attendance.
Rob Powell, Strategic Director – Resources, said:
“The Councillor grant is an opportunity for not for profit voluntary and community organisations or groups to present local projects and schemes requiring funding to their councillors. In the past, projects that have received financial contributions have made a positive difference to local communities. I would urge these organisations or groups to apply for this funding before the 7 June 2019 deadline.
“Councillors are very keen to support as many local organisations and groups as possible.”
More information about the Councillor Grant Fund in Warwickshire can be found on the Warwickshire Website: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/cllrgrants
For further information about grants specific to areas, please contact the locality team as follows:
Locality team contact details
Amanda Wilson-Patterson – firstname.lastname@example.org or 07780 995817.
Alistair Rigby – email@example.com or 07881 920605.
Jennifer McCabe – firstname.lastname@example.org or 07887 650641.
Nuneaton and Bedworth
Mike Slemensek – email@example.com or 07557 814937.
Lori Harvey – firstname.lastname@example.org or 07827 284406