Neighbourhood grants open for applications
Wakefield Council's grants scheme for community groups is welcoming applications for the 2017/18 financial year.
Wakefield's ward councillors have allocated £82,000 of funding in the last 12 months to community groups – and are welcoming applications for the 2018/19 financial year.
Each year the Council's 21 wards are assigned £5,000 through the Neighbourhood Improvement scheme, to provide grants that recognise the contributions of community groups to life in the district.
In 2017/18 152 grants were allocated.
Voluntary, community, recreational groups and special interest forums based and working within the Wakefield district, can apply for funding of up to a maximum of £500 per project.
A panel meets each month to consider each application, which must have the support of two out of three of the local ward councillors, where the project is based, to proceed.
Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration at Wakefield Council, said: "Neighbourhood Improvement grants are a great way for us, as a Council, to support groups that work so hard to build and strengthen good work in our communities.
"The Neighbourhood Improvements scheme is open for application and I'd encourage organisations to go to the Council website to find out more and to consider putting in an application."
Examples of the type of projects that could receive funding include buying materials for a community art club, drama society, or similar event; paying for a training programme or learning opportunity for a group's committee or its members, funding a community festival, sports day or similar events and paying for outreach work.
Community groups can apply at any time of the year and it will take approximately eight weeks for the grants panel to make a decision.
For more information visit: https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/community/funding/small-grants-scheme
Applications forms and guidance are also available through ward councillors or by ringing 01924 305891.