Communities benefit from £2.1 million investment

05/02/2019, PR-8985

Wakefield Council has invested £2.1million in over 250 community projects across the district in the last three years through its Local Capital Grants Programme.

Over this period, £50,000 per year has been allocated to each of the 21 wards to fund projects that will improve the lives of local residents. Ward Councillors working closely with residents and voluntary and community groups identify projects which will benefit their local communities.

So far, the funding has paid for 250 projects which have included equipment for sports grounds, improvements to children's play areas, new benches and signage. In some cases grants from the Local Capital Grant Programme have enabled local groups to access other external grants and support larger scale projects.

Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "The Capital Grants scheme is led by local councillors and has had a positive impact on the lives of local communities by investing in the future of the district to benefit everyone."


Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council

Since April 2018, 59 new projects were approved and £462,419 allocated. Examples of recently approved projects include:

· Castleford Heritage Trust - £20,177 to carry out an internal refurbishment of The Boathouse at Queens Mill, Castleford

·  Featherstone Weightlifting Club - £5,000 to upgrade their training equipment for the community club

· Hemsworth Miners Welfare Football Club - £12,500 to carry out internal refurbishment of the community club's premises

· Kellingley Social Club - £13,600 to install a 40ft container and fencing for a Youth Zone project in Knottingley

Community groups who are interested in delivering capital projects in their area need to contact their local councillor in the first instance to discuss their ideas. Contact details can be found at https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/councillors-and-mayor/find-your-councillor


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