Grants galore for Erewash groups

Nearly 30 community groups and arts and sports organisations in Erewash were handed a share of a bumper payout of more than £28,000 over the last financial year.
 
A report going to a meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive next week lists all those that were helped by the money thanks to the council’s Community and voluntary Small Grants Scheme.
 
Organisations across the borough successfully applied for a grant, including church groups, charities, scout and guide groups, clubs supporting older people and sports clubs.
 
The scheme offers the chance for groups both large and small to apply for up to £2,000 for projects and services that help Erewash residents.
 
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
“We continue to reach out to the community through this scheme and support the many groups and organisations that are working every day to help and support residents of all ages. These grants are often a lifeline to help provide vital services in all corners of our borough.”
 
Groups that were helped over the last year include The Canaan Trust charity, which used its grant to replace bed frames and mattresses for its work with the homeless; Kirk Hallam Community Hall Association, which now has chairs for adults and children and a new trolley; Stanton by Dale Cricket Club used its grant to improve the disabled access to the ladies toilets; and Ilkeston Swimming Club’s grant went towards the costs of a new starter system.
 
The deadline for applications for the latest round of Community Grants is 5.30pm on Thursday 19 July. Full details of the scheme and how to apply can be found at www.erewash.gov.uk
 
The meeting of Council Executive is at Ilkeston Town Hall on Tuesday 17 July at 10.30am.