Help for groups that support our communities
By Franklin Owusu-Antwi, cabinet member for public health and equality of opportunity, South Gloucestershire Council
SUPPORTING the diverse array of community groups across South Gloucestershire is important to the Council, given the vital services and opportunities they provide to local residents.
Many of these groups, despite facing their own challenges, were indispensable in supporting our communities through the toughest times of the pandemic, and I’m pleased there are a number of ways the council is able to continue supporting them.
Our Area Wide Grants help us support community organisations that are working for residents across South Gloucestershire, with the latest round having just opened for applications.
A total of £70,000 is available this year and groups, as well as town and parish councils, have until midnight on May 9 to apply.
The maximum grant amount available for each recipient is £3,000, although we do have some flexibility for higher awards to be made in exceptional circumstances and subject to budget availability.
The type of initiatives that could be eligible include projects that reduce isolation and exclusion, events that bring communities together, activities that promote health and well-being or services that address a particular community need.
If you are a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisation or a town and parish council with community projects, services, events or activities that will benefit residents in at least six of the 14 Community Engagement Forum areas, I strongly urge you to apply. We greatly value what you do and are there to support you.
Find out more and how to register and apply on our website www.southglos.gov.uk/AWG.
In addition, our Member Awarded Funding is also available. Local voluntary community groups, social enterprise organisations and town and parish councils can apply to South Gloucestershire councillors for funding for their local projects, events and services.
Member Awarded Funding can also be used to support Mutual Aid Groups, helping residents throughout the pandemic.
Each councillor has a budget of £3,000 to spend on projects that benefit residents in their wards. Please contact your local ward councillor to discuss your project proposal and to request an application form.
Find out more at www.southglos.gov.uk/MAF.
You can view all of our community grants available at www.southglos.gov.uk/grants.