Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Villages Share £130,000 Grant Cash Pot

Twelve South Cambridgeshire villages are set to benefit from a share of £130,000 in grant funding to create and improve local facilities including sports pavilions, village halls and a new meeting place for young people.

The money has been awarded from South Cambridgeshire District Council’s capital grants scheme to help improve facilities for the benefit of local communities.

Cottenham Parish Council will receive £40,000 towards new changing rooms at the King George V playing fields whilst Harston Village Hall Trust and Steeple Morden Village Hall Committee were awarded £25,000 and £18,093 respectively for hall refurbishments.

Linton Parish Council and Granta FC will put £18,094 towards extensions and alterations to their pavilion and Willingham Parish Council will use their £13,000 grant to create a new venue for young people at the village’s Ploughman Hall.

Seven £2,500 grants were also awarded to the following projects:
  • Comberton Parish Council for an extension to the village recreation ground
  • Cottenham Parish Council for improvements to the skate park
  • Hinxton Parish Council for redevelopment of a playground
  • Histon and Impington Parish Council to buy land for a new recreation ground
  • Little Shelford Sports and Recreation Trust for a new sports pavilion
  • Longstowe Village Hall and Sports Ground Management Committee for a new village hall
  • Melbourn Parish Council for the new ‘Community Hub and Spoke’ development.
Cllr Pippa Corney, South Cambridgeshire District Council cabinet member for planning policy and localism, said: “We’re pleased to be able to help so many Parish Councils and voluntary groups create and improve facilities for their local communities.

“We have a range of grants available to support the outstanding quality of life that our district is known for, promoting community cohesion, helping residents of all ages to maintain healthy and active lifestyles and enhancing our beautiful village landscapes for today and the future.”

Information about the full range of South Cambridgeshire District Council grants and how to apply for them - including schemes for community groups, wildlife and ecology projects and community orchards - are available online at www.scambs.gov.uk/services/community-and-grants or by contacting the Council on 03450 450 500. A useful listing of other grant making bodies is also available from the same webpage.