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New community grants scheme in Craven

New community grants scheme in Craven

Published at 5:41pm 26th May 2016. (Updated at 5:50pm 26th May 2016)

Community groups are being invited to apply for funding through a new project launched by Craven District Council.

The Ward Member Grant scheme will support community-run events, services and facilities.

Each ward councillor will have a maximum of £1,000 to give out to local organisations.

Councillor Richard Foster, Leader of Craven District Council, said: "When I was elected leader, I gave a commitment to introduce ward member budgets, allowing every district councillor to respond to local needs.

"I'm delighted this is now being introduced so that councillors can provide vital support to projects or activities that benefit the communities they represent.

"This will ensure that every ward in the district gets a fair share of community grants to help their own local projects.

"These grants will boost community engagement, help communities help themselves, and improve the well-being of communities across our district."

The scheme will run as a pilot for a year and incorporates the £16,000 budget for small and medium community grants, along with an additional £15,000 from the New Homes Bonus.

Ward budgets can also be used to fund joint projects between two or more wards.

A wide variety of projects have been funded through the previous grant scheme, including village hall refurbishments, support groups for older people, arts and heritage projects, activities for young people, energy efficiency projects, sports groups and facilities, community festivals and events, playgrounds, community-run libraries and environmental improvements.

More information at www.cravendc.gov.uk/wardmembergrants