Capital Grants Programme supports over 200 community projects in district

30/10/2018, PR8907

​Wakefield Council has now invested nearly £2m in 250 community projects across the district through its Local Capital Grants Programme.

Wakefield city centre

​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, 33 new projects have been approved, with a total of £288,415 allocated from the 2018/19 funding.

The latest projects to be given the go ahead include:

  • Havercroft with Cold Hiendley Parish Council - £15,000 awarded to contribute towards a war memorial and seating
  • Hemsworth Christian Fellowship - £20,349 awarded for roof renovations at the community building
  • Pillars of Horbury - £10,000 awarded to install tables and seating on Queen Street
  • Haw Hill Park Improvements - £17,564 awarded to install fencing and tree sculptures in Haw Hill Park
  • Old Quarry Adventure Playground - £5,450 awarded to install new play equipment
  • Pontefract Family Centre CIC - £8,958 awarded to purchase catering equipment for their new social enterprise The Real Bread Company
  • Friends of Sandal Library - £4,635 awarded to create a children's garden at the Library 
Cllr Peter Box CBE
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council

​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."

Of the 250 projects so far 181 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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