New community grants scheme launched by Craven District Council
Community groups are being invited to apply for funding for local projects with a new grants scheme launched by Craven District Council.
The Ward Member Grant scheme allows community groups to apply to their local councillors for cash to provide 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 wellbeing 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 community 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.
A copy of the application criteria and application form can be found on the council website at www.cravendc.gov.uk/wardmembergrants - or contact your ward member directly for further details.