Successful Community Pride Fund applicants to be announced

Councillors are being asked to boost a community projects pot by more than a quarter of a million pounds after Telford & Wrekin Council was inundated by applications from residents & community groups.

Successful Community Pride Fund applicants to be announced

The Community Pride Fund is being delivered as part of the £13.6m Pride in Your Community programme to support regeneration across the borough.

The Fund was launched early this summer and drew a fantastic response with more than 60 applications and all categories of funding oversubscribed.

The report, which will go before the Council’s Cabinet later this month, proposes that the original budget of £1m is increased by a further £260,000, as a result of the significant response to the fund and the contribution that some applications can make to delivering the Council’s priorities.

Grants are for capital projects only, such as new builds or improvements to existing buildings or purchasing of equipment, were open to businesses, voluntary sector and public sector organisations.

The total value of the applications received is £2.5m, with an available £1m pot. The grants are split into small to medium bids of £2,000 to £50,000 and larger grants of over £50,000 to £100,000 with £500,000 being available for each of these pots.

All applications were assessed against the criteria agreed by an independent Funding Advisory Panel, made up of members of the community and cross-party councillors. Cabinet will consider the projects that are recommended to receive funding using this prioritisation process.

The report to Cabinet contains recommendations to fund 37 projects, including improvements to community centres, historical buildings and sports facilities, as well as the proposal to approve the transfer of a further £260,000 into the Community Pride Fund.

Councillor Shaun Davies, cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services, Employment and Skills, said: “We’ve been really impressed by the applications for grants through the Community Pride Fund.

“The Community Pride Fund was set-up to help to support organisations that can make a contribution to our borough by improving local buildings, protecting and supporting local jobs and the economy and providing valuable facilities within the community.

“I am really pleased with the applications we’ve had and the grants that we have proposed to offer to groups and organisations in our community.”

Councillor Bill McClements, cabinet member for Finance and Enterprise, said: The additional funding has been made possible because of the sound financial management being exercised by the Council despite the significant reductions in the grants that it receives from Government.”