Coun­cil awards funds for com­mu­nity projects

Groups across Chilterns are given a share of £32,000 pot

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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