The Town Council has opened its new Community Grant fund, and is welcoming bids for the first round of funding. The fund, which gave over £93,000 to projects across the town in the last financial year, has been updated, with two levels of funding now available.
The Devolved Grant Scheme
This scheme will make grants between £200 and £10,000. Applications are welcomed from charities, not for profit groups or faith based organisations, schools and social enterprises. Ward councillors will be involved in agreeing the grant applications to support these smaller projects.
Councillors will look to support applications in a number of areas:
- Supporting the health and well being of the local community
- Creating a socially inclusive and caring community
- Protecting and improving the environment of the Town
- Supporting and contributing to the economic, cultural and leisure life of the Town
- Preserving and promoting the unique identity and heritage of Royal Sutton Coldfield
The final decision will be made by the Amenities, Leisure and Community Services Committee.
The Central Grant Scheme
This scheme will provide larger grants, over £10,000 and up to £20,000. It will provide financial assistance to communities to develop and implement social inclusion projects or projects identified in endorsed Community Plans, or those with evidence of community consultation, which have clearly identifiable outcomes for the community of Sutton Coldfield.
The Chairman of the Amenities, Leisure and Community Services Committee, Councillor David Pears said: “We are delighted to launch the new Community Grant scheme. Our Royal Town has so many great community groups working tirelessly across an enormous range of areas. The Town Council is pleased to have supported a number of these over the last two years and looks forward to continuing this support. As the level of local government closest to residents it’s really important that we play a part in encouraging a local pride across our community.
“The scheme is just one part of our engagement and support of community groups. The town’s recent entry in Britain in Bloom had community projects at its heart whilst our Mayor has recently announced his community awards for this year to honour those groups and individuals who so often go unheralded.”
More details on both schemes, together with guidance notes and application forms are available here. Applications can be submitted at any time, however there are some deadline dates included in the Guidance notes, which coincide with the relevant committee meetings they will need to go to.
Projects that benefited from last year’s fund included £1142 to FOLIO Sutton Coldfield to support a series of community events for the town’s Bloom entry, £ 3380 for Sutton Coldfield Scouts to attend an international jamboree and £600 to the Friends of Mossy Bank to support the new organisation with garden equipment.