Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council has made a bumper start to the new round of Community Grants, approving £56,790 to projects across the town in September.
The new grant scheme was announced in the summer, establishing a fund for larger grants between £10,000 and £20,000 which are approved by Full Council, alongside the smaller grant fund for sums up to £10,000 which are approved at committee.
Full Council on 25 September approved the following Central Grants:
- £15,000 for Performance Birmingham Limited for the Live In the Lodge project. Live in the Lodge provides free weekly sessions to residents including musical instrument lessons in guitar, drums and ukulele, together with weekly sessions for a community Choir. The wider community is involved in the programme through pop-up performances and workshops in local primary schools. This will be year 3 of the project.
- £10,000 for Good Hope Hospital Charity who are raising £226,500 to completely refurbish the outdated children’s outpatients’ department
- £10,000 for You’re Cherished CIC, an organisation which mentors’ vulnerable girls. They offer a minimum of 12 weeks one to one with volunteer mentors. The grant will pay for the first year’s rent for new premises. The company has outgrown its current accommodation due to an increase in service users and volunteers.
Councillor David Pears, Chairman of the Amenities, Leisure and Community Services Committee, commented: “We had a great response to the first round of Community Grants and we are delighted to support so many good causes in our Royal Town. We know that this funding will benefit many residents.”
A further list of community grant applications totalling £21,790.56 were approved at the Amenities, Leisure and Community Services Committee on 13th September
- £2,500 for Sutton Coldfield Aqua Club
- £519.96 for the Emmanuel Church, Wylde Green
- £5,232.60 for the Harvest Fields Church Centre Ltd
- £5,360 for Sutton Coldfield Community Choirs
- £1,428 for Harvest Fields Community Church
- £6,750 for Minworth Junior and Infant School
Richard Jeffries is the Director of Sutton Coldfield Community Choirs. He commented: “We are extremely grateful for the help and support shown by Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council, this funding will be used to train conductors, giving the highest quality of musical tuition to our choir.”
In addition, Councillors decided set up a new £60,000 fund to support grant applications for sport.
Full details of all grants can be found on the Town Council website.
The deadline for the next round of Community Grant applications is 31 October. Full details can be found at www.suttoncoldfieldtowncouncil.gov.uk/apply-for-a-grant/community-grant-scheme/