New Year Boost For Erewash Groups
Voluntary and community groups across Erewash can apply for funding to help them with their work when Erewash Borough Council opens another round of its Small Community Grants scheme on Monday 11 January.
Groups both large and small can apply for up to £2,000 before the closing date of 5pm on Monday 8 February.
More than 50 local community groups have already been helped through the grants scheme over the last year, winning a share of just over £43,000 in total. Now the council wants to hear from more groups that are helping people in the borough and which could benefit from a grant to help them provide services and projects for local people.
Councillor Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
“There are many, many groups and charities in our borough that play a vital role in our communities and provide wonderful support for residents of all ages in all kinds of ways. Our small grants scheme offers these organisations a real lifeline in what are challenging times.
“So I would urge groups to get in touch and apply for a grant. We want to hear from everyone but we are particularly keen to encourage those voluntary groups who have not applied before or who may have missed out in the past. Let’s hear from you – we’re here to help!”
The council stepped up its support for voluntary organisations last year when it doubled the amount of money available for small grant awards to £80,000 - and it made that amount available again for this 2015/16 financial year .
Organisations that have already been helped include Tree Tops Hospice, Stanley Village pre-school, Long Eaton’s West Park Walkers and the 16th Ilkeston Scouts.
Information about how to apply can also be downloaded from www.erewash.gov.uk – click on the ‘Community and Living’ link at the top of the home page and then ‘grants’.