Rossendale Borough Council

Rossendale Community Fund: New grants scheme provides support to local groups

Published Friday, 11 December 2015

Councillor Alyson Barnes

Four local community organsiations have received grants from a new scheme launched by Rossendale Borough Council in September.

The Rossendale Community Fund was created by Rossendale Borough Council in partnership with the Community Foundation for Lancashire to offer grants to support projects that help families, and children and young people in Rossendale engage in community activities and learning.

Jill Bevan from Edgeside and District Community Partnership said “We are delighted to have this grant to contribute to the cost of Family Theatre Week for 2016.  We are working to raise the £10,000 needed to fund this event again in Fearns Community Sports College next August.  Well over two hundred people of all ages took part last year - this donation is a great boost for us.”

Kelly Kenyon from the White Horse Project said “It was great news for us to receive this grant - we will use it to help fund our Friday night project at The Boilerhouse in Waterfoot.  Numbers have been high this term, and this fund will mean we can continue to provide a supper for up to 70 young people, and have money to spend on games and equipment and craft resources. “

A further round of the Rossendale Community Fund has just opened and local organisations have until Friday 12 February to apply for grants. 

Cllr Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council said “Rossendale Council is very pleased to be able to support local projects through the Rossendale Community Fund.  There is still funding available and I would encourage all local organsiations who work with families, children and young people in Rossendale to have a look at the fund.” 

Registered charities, social enterprises and constituted community groups are eligible to apply.  Grants of up to £1000 are available for applications that enable families and young people aged up to the age of 25 to flourish, learn and develop skills or knowledge.  This includes education, training, sports development, arts and culture activities and also play provision for younger children.

For more information on the new grant scheme and an application form, see http://www.lancsfoundation.org.uk/Funds-and--Programme-Information.html or contact Community Foundation for Lancashire on 0151 232 2444.

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