£34,000 funding boost for Highbridge community groups
£34,000 of funding is to be handed out to community groups
in Highbridge as part of a brand new community initiative launched
on Tuesday evening (May 15th).
Highbridge Community First Programme has been set up after an
injection of cash from the government's Community Development
Foundation, backed by the Cabinet Office.
by Highbridge County Councillor John Woodman and a team of volunteers,
pictured above, the new programme aims to help community groups
who need grant funding.
total of £33,910 has been allocated to Highbridge and groups
can apply for match-funding over the next four years.
is a great news for Highbridge, particularly during difficult
economic times," Cllr Woodman told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
have worked for several months to secure the funding and we are
now ready to begin receiving and considering applications. We
look forward to handing out cash to fantastic causes in Highbridge."
grants panel has been formed to assess the requests and ensure
that applicants meet a number of guidelines. The types of groups
that can apply are those that either improve health and well-being
by social cohesion; improve the local environment; or improve
the effectiveness of volunteer groups by means of recruitment,
training and equipment.
and Highbridge Mayor Ken Smout told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This
will deliver real benefits to Highbridge and will help a lot of
groups in the town. I'm delighted to be supporting the scheme."
total of £5,000 of funding will be available to groups during
the first year with progressively higher amounts over the later
three years. Asda is one of a number of partners backing the project
- and its Highbridge store hosted the launch on Tuesday evening.
details of how to apply for the funding are available here.