Thursday, 8 October 2015

Community projects helped with £82,000 of funding

Bids for a community grant scheme have closed for the year after a whopping £82,000 of funding was allocated to over 60 projects in South Cambridgeshire.

Councillors have praised communities for the range and quantity of bids that were received by South Cambridgeshire District Council with 15 projects sharing over £14,000 in the latest round of funding alone.

Community Chest Grant Scheme funding awarded at the Council Leader’s recent portfolio meeting included:

  • £1,000 to Comberton Crusaders Football Club for new goals
  • £1,000 to Linton parish Council to rebuild a flint wall in a Grade I listed churchyard
  • £1,000 to Six Mile Bottom Sports and Social Club to help refurbish the village hall to meet fire and safety regulations
  • £1,000 to Toft People’s Hall to purchase theatre lights and mounting bars for events

A full list of the grants recently awarded is available here.

A small number of funding bids not submitted in time for the recent meeting will be considered later in October but no new bids are now being received as the money available has been allocated.

The Community Chest funding is available to voluntary and community sector groups, charities and parish councils wishing to improve the quality of life for residents in South Cambridgeshire. The maximum available per bid was £1,500.

Funding could be bid for improvements to community facilities, repairs to historic buildings, monuments and memorials, tree and hedge planting schemes, equipment and materials and project start-up costs.

Cllr Ray Manning, Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “Communities across the area should be congratulated for the fantastic range and quantity of bids we have received. This grant funding pot has been incredibly popular over recent years and I’m delighted we have been able to allocate all the funding available to such worthy and exciting projects that are having a positive impact in our villages.

“Although we have awarded all the funding, please make sure your community is thinking about projects you want to carry out next year as we will have fresh batch of funding from April 2016."

More information and eligibility criteria visit www.scambs.gov.uk/communitychest