Neighbourhood grants support projects across Wakefield district

20/12/2018, PR8947

​Wakefield's ward councillors have awarded £43,081 in grants to 69 community groups and charities since April.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

​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.


A panel meets once a 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.


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.


​Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities at Wakefield Council, who chairs the grants panel, said: "Our Neighbourhood Improvement grants are a great way for us to help build and strengthen the good work taking place in communities. It's part our commitment to work hard to support groups.


"The Neighbourhood Improvements Fund is open for applications. I'd encourage organisations to go to the Council website to find out more and to consider putting in an application."


The type of projects that could receive funding include events such as a community festival, sports day or similar, paying for outreach work, or buying materials for a community art club, drama society, paying for a training programme or learning opportunity for a group's committee or its members.


Some of the projects that have received funding this year include:


  • The Well Project - £500 for bicycle repair equipment and safety lights for the new bike loan scheme in Normanton

  • ISPACE 5 Community Interest Company - £472.44 for leaflets, flyers and a mobile sign to promote community interest company's services to the community

  • Friends of Illingworth Parks - £363.82 for a WW1 commemorative memorial tree in IIllingsworth Park, Ossett

  • Sharlston Community School PTA - £500 to hire coaches to take children to the Christmas pantomime at Wakefield Theatre Royal

  • 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:


    Application forms and guidance are also available through your ward councillors or by ringing 01924 305891.

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