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Community grants up for grabs

Groups in Warndon, Gorse Hill and Rainbow Hill can now apply for grants of up to £2,000 towards grassroots projects that will benefit local people and communities.

Worcester City Council has set aside £25,000 via the Our Happy Place Partnership to match-fund local initiatives to improve the lives or environments of residents living in the city wards of Warndon, Gorse Hill and Rainbow Hill.

Community or voluntary groups in the three areas are invited to apply – either online or by post – for help to fund projects that must be completed by March 31 next year.

The Council promises to match – pound for pound – the cost of projects that clearly meet the specific needs of local people, solve a localised problem or improve residents’ quality of life

A panel made up of Warndon ward councillor Cllr Jo Hodges and three residents will assess all applications on a first-come first-served basis with the first wave of bids being decided on December 1.

You can apply for the grant at any time but the deadline for all applications will be February 2 next year or earlier if the fund is fully committed before then. 

Only applications from groups of residents, who must all be over the age of 13, will be considered and schemes must deliver against one or both of the following key aims:

  • Connecting more people to learning, skills, training and employment opportunities
  • Encouraging and equipping local people so they can develop their own wellbeing and development.

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, City Council Cabinet member for History and Heritage and chair of Our Happy Place Partnership, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people to work together and really make a difference in their local communities.

“The application process is clear and straightforward and there’s also plenty of help and guidance available so I would urge local people not to delay in putting their ideas forward.

“Applications will be assessed on a first-come first-served basis, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to make your community a better place for all.”

Cllr Jo Hodges, Chair of the community panel, said: "I am very pleased to be able to help groups of people in Warndon, Gorse Hill and Rainbow Hill who are looking for small amounts of funding to engage in projects which will benefit the people of these areas."

Find out more about applying or submit an application here.

If you have any questions about the scheme, contact Francesca Davies on 01905 721131 or Francesca.davies@worcester.gov.uk.

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