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New community grant scheme being considered

To note: This proposal was approved at Cabinet on April 12, 2018. Read the minutes from the meeting

A new grant scheme to spread funding for community groups even further and wider in Charnwood is being considered by the borough council.

The Council’s Cabinet will consider a proposal to introduce a member grant scheme which would see each borough councillor allocated £1,000 to award to projects in their wards each year.

The Council already commits around £200,000 a year in grants which are awarded to various community and voluntary projects and individuals.

The proposal is to allocate up to another £52,000 for the member grant scheme.

Cllr Brian Page, lead member for communities, said: “Many other councils operate a similar scheme and the benefits it can bring include helping to distribute funding for community projects right across the borough, in each and every ward.

“The scheme can also make use of members’ local knowledge to identify worthwhile projects.

“We already support dozens of organisations and individuals through our existing grants and this new scheme could further strengthen that work.”

Under the proposed scheme, community groups or individuals would apply for a grant. It would be checked by council officers and then passed to the councillor for a decision.

The proposal will be discussed at the Cabinet meeting on Thursday April 12.

More details are contained in the Cabinet report.

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