£75k pot of funding launched to support community projects

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News release: 19 March 2012

Voluntary and community groups are being given the opportunity to apply for money from a new £75k pot of funding provided by St Albans City and District Council to support community projects.

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The Council’s Community Grants Fund provides a fresh tranche of money each year to help fund grass roots projects that benefit the local community and which meet the priorities set out in the District’s Inclusion Strategy.

The Council is now seeking applications for funding for 2012/13 for projects that help meet these priorities. We are particularly keen to receive applications to fund projects that do one or more of the following:

  • Help address youth unemployment, by providing skills, knowledge and training to young people aged 16-25 years, who are unemployed or at risk of unemployment. 

  • Encourage interaction between generations, by bringing together younger and older people to improve perceptions and attitudes of the other generation.  

  • Promote digital inclusion by helping individuals and disadvantaged groups to have access to, and skills to use, information and communication technologies.  

The Community Grants Fund was piloted last year to help deliver the District’s Inclusion Strategy  and awarded £60,000 to 21 voluntary and community groups to help them run projects that benefit local communities.

Voluntary and community groups now have another opportunity to apply for funding of £500 to £5,000 for community projects with the launch of the Community Grants Fund 2012/13.

Cllr Beric Read, Portfolio Holder for Community Engagement and Localism at the Council, said: “Following the success of last year’s pilot fund, I am delighted to announce the start of this year’s Community Grants Fund. I know there are many excellent and worthwhile projects which benefit the community in St Albans and District. I hope that many will take this opportunity to apply for support from our Fund.”

The closing date for applications for funding is Friday 4 May 2012.

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria, which are based upon the priorities set out in Inclusion Strategy:

  • Help address youth unemployment
  • Encourage intergenerational working
  • Promote digital Inclusion
  • Increase local people’s engagement/interest in local democracy
  • Promote involvement in community life
  • Bring together people from different backgrounds
  • Reduce inequalities
  • Support individuals with disabilities. 
     

The administration of the applications is being handled by the Centre for Voluntary Service for St Albans District.

To apply for funding from the 2012/13 Community Grants Fund, please contact, Kate Newton at the Centre for Voluntary Service for St Albans District by phone on 01727 852657, by email at kate@cvsstalbans.org.uk or by post at St Albans District Centre for Voluntary Service, 31 Catherine Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5BJ.

Member contact:

Councillor Beric Read, Portfolio Holder for Community Engagement and Localism for St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 07956 220264

Contact for the press:
Amanda Wilkinson
Media and Internal Communications Officer
St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01727 819317
E-mail: amanda.wilkinson@stalbans.gov.uk
www.stalbans.gov.uk

Notes:

1. The 2012/13 Community Grants Fund is part of the Council’s Voluntary and Community Sector Fund which represents the Council’s financial commitment to supporting the sector. The Community Grants Fund is administered by the St Albans Centre for Voluntary Service on behalf of St Albans City and District Council. The Council has maintained the same overall level of funding of £500,000 for the voluntary and community sector in 2012/13 as last year because it values the important work that community and voluntary groups are doing in the District.

2. The list of voluntary and community groups that received funding through the Community Grants Fund 2011/12 is available on the Council’s website.

3. The District’s Inclusion Strategy sets out the scope, aims and objectives for St Albans City and District Council and its partners regarding community engagement and equalities over the forthcoming years.