Capital Grants Programme supports over 200 community projects in the district

01/08/2018, PR8855

​Wakefield Council has now invested a total of £1.8m in 229 community projects across the district through its Capital Grants Programme.

Haw Hill Park play area

​The scheme provides £50,000 for each ward to use for specific projects identified by ward councillors through working with residents, voluntary and community groups.

Since April, the start of the current financial year, 13 new projects have been approved, with a total of £148,910 allocated from the 2018/19 funding.

Cllr Peter Box CBE
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council

​The latest projects to be given the go ahead include:

·         Cutsyke Play Forest & Path - £9,255 to contribute towards installing play equipment and an access route in Betty's Garden, Cutsyke.

·         Featherstone Town Council - £6,302 to carry out further refurbishment works at Featherstone Community Centre.

·         Kinsley Boys Football Club - £6,600 to purchase a ride on mower for the community club.

·         Old Quarry Adventure Playground - £5,450 to upgrade facilities, buy and install new wooden play equipment for the community facility   in Knottingley.

·         Haw Hill Park Improvements - £17,564 to install 110m of fencing, two tree carvings and a bench.

·         South Elmsall Town Council - £14,906 to purchase and install a climbing frame to provide outdoor play facilities at the Westfield Day Nursery.

·         Resurfacing and patching work in Outwood - £10,030 for work on Clifton Avenue at the junction of Rooks Nest Road.

Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "This programme is a positive way of investing in the future of the district to benefit everyone. It is great to see the funding being used to make a real difference to local communities.

"At a time when our budget is under pressure from Government cuts, the capital grants scheme means local councillors have the finances to deliver what local communities need."

Of the 229 projects so far 148 have been completed. They include projects in parks to provide new benches and litter bins, improvements at children's play areas and projects at sports grounds.

The scheme funding helps local communities and clubs and can support play areas, open spaces and infrastructure, to make a difference to each ward area. It can also help groups access other external grants and boost external fundraising.

The capital grants programme can, in some cases, also help community groups when applying for additional funding to support their projects.  

Organisations that are eligible to be considered for a grant need to contact their local councillor in the first instance to discuss their ideas.

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