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New rounds of Charnwood grants to benefit community

  • New rounds of Charnwood grants to benefit community

Community groups and charities are being invited to apply for funding in 2019.

The Charnwood Grants scheme is run by Charnwood Borough Council in a bid to help local organisations, charities and community groups access funding support.

Cllr Deborah Taylor, the Council’s lead member for communities, said: “Our grant scheme helps support the local community and have benefitted many groups and individuals over the years. We want to see that continue so I would encourage people to look at what’s on offer and apply.”

“It is important to ensure that as much information as possible is included in your application. Some bids miss out because they lack detail, so take your time. If you need help, we can offer support and advice to complete your application, just get in touch.”

So far the Council has awarded around £100,000 during the 18/19 rounds of funding.  

The Sileby Community Library was awarded £2,000 to upgrade its IT systems. Karen Freaks, from the library, said: “We were really pleased to receive £2,000 through the grants scheme. The money is being used towards providing visitors and volunteers at the library with more up-to-date IT equipment.

“We’re hoping the new technology will enhance the service we provide to our customers and enable digital workshops to be run for the wider community to improve IT skills. 

“The support we received during the application process was helpful and flexible. If any community groups in Charnwood think they could benefit from some extra funding, then I would recommend they have a look at the grants to see if they’re eligible. It’s easy to do!”

There’s a range of grants on offer including:

Community Development and Engagement – Deadline April 22, 2019
This grant can provide up to £10,000 for organisations currently running projects with community benefit in Charnwood.

Community Facilities Grants and Feasibility Studies – Deadline April 22, 2019
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.

Loughborough Community Grants – Deadline April 23, 2019
These grants can provide up to £2,000 for properly constituted voluntary sector and community organisations and projects, which deliver activities with community benefits in Loughborough.

Sports and Leisure Grants - Deadline April 23, 2019
A variety of grant funding for individuals, clubs and organisations in need of additional finance to run their projects and activities.

The latest application forms, deadlines and more information are available at: www.charnwood.gov.uk/charnwoodgrants, email: grants@charnwood.gov.uk or call 01509 634730.