Ward funding available for local causes

28 May 2013 @ 3.30 pm
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Issued by City of York Council

Local voluntary groups are being invited to bid for ward grants to help fund projects that will improve local communities and the lives of York residents. Each ward has its own key priorities for the financial year April 2013 to March 2014 and ward budgets will be used to fund projects that help to achieve those priorities.

Each Residents’ Forum (previously called Ward Committee) has a budget from which grants can be given to not-for-profit groups who meet certain criteria.

Ward Councillors will look at applications at ward team meetings and will make recommendations as to whether they wish to support the application. These will then be passed to City of York Council’s Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods for final approval.

Councillor Linsay Cunningham-Cross, Cabinet Member for Crime and Stronger Communities said: “We really want to encourage people to get more involved in their local communities, taking on projects and helping their neighbourhoods to thrive. These grants enable organisations to make a real difference in their area and we welcome grant applications from every ward across a wide variety of projects.

“We are looking forward to hearing new and exciting ideas for improving the lives of people in their wards and encourage as many groups as possible to get involved.”

Recent awards include grants to Friends of West Bank Park to help fund their annual summer fair, to Young at Heart luncheon group to provide a venue for lunch and entertainment for elderly isolated residents in the ward, to Bishopthorpe 1st Scout Group to replace the kitchen in the scout hut, and to Clifton Residents’ Association to support Family Fun Day at Burton Stone Community Centre.

Each ward has different priorities and levels of funding available. Most wards consider applications throughout the year until the funding is exhausted, while a small number have deadlines for applications, the soonest being 1 July 2013 for Fishergate ward.

For further information and to request an application form for funding email the Shaping Neighbourhoods team or telephone City of York Council’s Communities and Equalities Team on (01904) 551832.

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