Almost £42,000 in total was awarded to 31 community and voluntary groups in the last financial year thanks to Erewash Borough Council’s Small Grants Scheme.
As part of the scheme, money was also awarded to seven play schemes and sports and arts organisations in the borough. Three funding rounds were held in April, July and December 2018.
Successful applicants who received a community cash boost included the 3rd Ockbrook Brownies who applied for a grant of £1,080 to help buy new camping equipment; £1,400 towards an outdoor playhouse and a water wall at West Hallam Village Pre-School; and funding of £1,000 for a holistic therapist at Erewash Mental Health Association. Two organisations helping the older generation, Breaston Evergreens and Risley Not So Young Association, also benefitted from grants of £200 each towards their running costs.
Councillors were informed of the success of the grants scheme at a meeting of the borough council Executive onTuesday 16 July. Another funding round is currently open until 5.30pm on Tuesday 23 July. Full details of the scheme and how to apply are available here
In 2018/19 councillors were allocated £500 to award to community projects and organisations within their ward. 69 member grants totalling almost £20,000 were awarded to 53 worthy community projects across the borough. Each councillor has the same amount available for allocation during 2019/20 to community projects.
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Lead Member for Community Engagement at Erewash Borough Council, says:
“As in previous years, the grants schemes provided by Erewash Borough Council prove incredibly popular and successful. Grants awarded go a long way in helping to improve services and providing facilities and equipment which will hopefully benefit communities and generations for years to come."