Community grants are improving quality of life in the Forest

Photograph shows Cllr Hiett (centre) with the successful grant applicants who attended the celebration event (photo courtesy of The Forester)

Community grant applicants from the Forest of Dean came together on 24 October to celebrate the success of a wide range of achievements which have been supported by funding from the District Council.

By demonstrating their value and support to the District, 17 local organisations have so far been awarded a share of nearly £24,000 from the Community Grant scheme.

The funding is used for a wide variety of local community initiatives, ranging from providing support and advice to vulnerable groups, to purchasing much needed equipment and materials for voluntary activity groups.

During the awards event representatives from the organisations provided updates about their projects, the impact of the funding, and how they are using the money to benefit the community.

Councillor Paul Hiett, Cabinet Member for Communities, attended the celebration event and was very pleased with the outcome,

“As always, the applicants for the grants set an extremely high standard and the organisations represented today showed how well they are meeting the priorities and criteria we set when deciding on recipients.

“It’s a great feeling to give a leg up to  some of the many small groups that help to improve the quality of life in our District, and to shine a light on the tireless work they get through for the benefit of local people. One of the attendees noted that just £2,000 worth of funding can deliver a saving of about £100,000 by helping older people negotiate a range of bureaucratic hurdles, including processes like applying for a blue disabled badge.

“There is still some funding available for the community grants on a ‘first come first served’ basis  so if you have a project that is geared to making communities better places to live, you may be eligible to apply.”

For more information and to download an application form, visit the Community grants & funding page(opens in a new window) on the Council's website. Not for profit voluntary and community groups – both constituted and non-constituted – are welcome to apply.

The 2018/19 community grants pot will fund a maximum limit of £2,000 per project for constituted groups and £500 for non-constituted groups. 

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