Published: December 11, 2013
£40,000 of grants funding up for grabs to groups in the Burnham area

Groups in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been urged to apply for a slice of a £40,000 grant funding pot.

The cash is available from Sedgemoor District Council until the end of the budget year through its Community Health Fund and Small Grants Scheme.

The Community Health Fund is seeking applications from 17th December for up to £1,000 per health-focused project/activity, with a total budget of £7,000 available.

The Community Health Fund scheme can fund projects, classes or activities that fit into the following three broad themes:

Physical Activity - increasing opportunities for, and levels of, physical activity within Sedgemoor communities;

Healthy Eating – promotion of food growing, healthy eating, cooking skills, access to healthy foods;

Weight Management - reducing levels of overweight/obesity within Sedgemoor communities.

Funding has to be allocated shortly after the application deadline, therefore applications must be fully completed and passed to Sedgemoor District Council by 5pm on the 17th January 2014.

The Community Health Fund invites applications from community groups, registered charities, churches, after-school clubs, leisure centres, housing providers, activity clubs, children’s centres, Parish or Town Councils and workplaces.

Sedgemoor District Council also has £36,000 available in individual and project grants. This funding source is known as the Small Grants Scheme.

These grants are available up to the end of the budget year; 31st March 2014. Up to £500 for individual grants, or £2500 for project grants, is available per applicant.

The next Grants Committee is being held on the 28th January 2014 with an application deadline of 5pm on 10th January. After this meeting, the final application deadline for 2014 is 5pm on 7th March with the Committee meeting being held on 25th March 2014.

Rob Semple, Community Development Project Officer for Sedgemoor District Council, told "The Community Health Fund and Small Grants scheme are a great opportunity for a variety of groups and organisations to complete projects they may not otherwise be able to deliver. We hope this funding can make a real difference to Sedgemoor communities."

Projects must be based within the boundaries of Sedgemoor. To apply or find out more about either scheme see where application forms and criteria are available for download. Alternatively, call Rob Semple on 01278 436439 to request postal or email copies of the documents.

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