£16,000 funding for deprived communities
May 28, 2012
One of the borough’s most deprived communities is being asked to choose how to spend £16,000 of Government funds to benefit residents.
Community and voluntary groups in Shinfield North are being invited to bid for a share of the cash, which has come from the Community First funding scheme.
The money, which will be allocated over four years, will be given to projects that meet one or more of four priorities that have been set for the Shinfield North ward.
- Increasing community engagement.
- Improving youth activities and opportunities (including targeting skills needs).
- Supporting older people in the community.
- Encouraging healthier lifestyles.
These priorities are based on the Shinfield Parish Plan and the Index of Multiple Deprivation statistics for the area. They were agreed by the Shinfield Community First panel, made up of key community figures, which will decide on the successful bids.
Bids must come from community/voluntary groups or not-for-profit organisations and
be of benefit to people in Shinfield North. Any funding allocated must be matched via volunteer time or equipment/facilities.
Councillor Parry Batth, chairman of the Shinfield Community First panel, said: “This is a marvellous opportunity for the Shinfield North area, which is high on the Indices of Multiple Deprivation on the crime, skills, training and education domains.
“Good-quality projects run by the voluntary and community sector could make a real difference to this area, along with the new Shinfield Community Flat which will be opening this summer.”
For full guidance on eligible projects and how to apply, contact commissioning officer Sunita Sharma or senior community development officer Rose Green on (0118) 974 6793.