COMMUNITIES in Stratford district can benefit from project grants aiming to support health, safety and economy.
Voluntary and community organisations in the area are being encouraged to apply for grants from the Warwickshire County Council (WCC) Councillors’ Grant Fund.
The fund provides each of Warwickshire County Council’s 57 councillors with an allocated fund of £6,000 to support small-scale projects in their division that can demonstrate support to keep people safe, healthy and independent or support a vibrant economy.
All applications should aim to build community capacity and improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Warwickshire, and address one or more of the following priority areas:
– Improve community assets and their sustainability
– Improve access to services
– Improve financial capability
– Reduce loneliness and isolation
– Improve physical and/or mental health and wellbeing
– Promote equalities and inclusivity
– Improve the physical environment or reduce the environmental impact
Projects continuing to tackle the impacts of Covid will also be considered.
Stratford district based projects supported through the first round of the fund include supporting the Breakfast Club at Shotteswell Village Hall, Lower Quinton’s Natter and Nosh on Wheels service for the elderly and funding to repurpose phone kiosks into miniature libraries in Newbold Pacey and Ashorne. Residents can leave books for other residents to use including those who are less mobile and have limited opportunities to shop.
WCC spokeswoman for environment and culture Heather Timms 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 and Warwickshire County Councillors are very keen to support as many local organisations and groups as possible.
“It is great to see how groups based in Stratford district have benefited from the first round of funding and I would encourage groups to act quickly to take advantage of the second funding window before the January 23 deadline.”
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/cllrgrants to apply before 5pm on Sunday January 23.