Council awards funds for community projects
Groups across Chilterns are given a share of £32,000 pot
COMMUNITY groups have been given a cash boost to help make the Chilterns a better place to live and work.
Forty-one community groups and projects will be receiving a share of the £32,000 Grant Aid provided by Chiltern District Council.
The council’s cabinet agreed on Tuesday, August 25 on the allocation of funds, which it’s estimated will bring in a further £316,222 into the district as the scheme acts as a lever, helping recipients seek funding from other sources.
Money was awarded to help projects for both young and old people, as well as to put on community and sporting events.
This year, there were 47 bids for funding totalling £69,944, presenting the allocations panel with something of a challenge.
A ‘traffic light’ system was implemented and councillors were actively approached for comment on the applications.
Chiltern District Council’s cabinet member for community, health and housing Councillor Graham Harris said: “Our objective is to make the very best use possible of the limited resources at our disposal, and I believe we’ve achieved that.
“It’s never easy deciding who gets what, and our rationale is to help as many as we can. I am encouraged that the Chiltern Open Air Museum has been given £500 top run literacy workshops limited funding we are able to offer will enable many groups to apply for further financial help from other awarding organisations.
“We are very fortunate in this area in having such a wealth of voluntary projects and schemes which greatly benefit our communities.”
Six groups, including Amersham Artisans, Chesham Action Partnership, Chesham Bois School PTA, Coleshill Parish Council, Mums for Mums and Wycombe Woman’s Aid had their applications rejected for reasons including not meeting the council’ objectives, already receiving funding from the council or not being eligible for a grant.