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Melton Borough Council Cabinet to consider 2020/21 Community Grant funding

Published Tuesday, 10th March 2020

Melton Borough Council Cabinet are due to consider the funding allocation for 2020/21 Community Grant funding following implementation of the new Community Grants policy.

Subject to Cabinet approval the allocations will see a wider range of services including a number of smaller local services benefit from the Community Grants fund.

Cllr Alison Freer-Jones, the portfolio holder for Corporate Governance, Access and Engagement, said “The Community Grants fund allows the Council to award some much needed financial support to organisations across the borough.  This year we are looking to offer financial support to fifteen organisations which is almost three times as many as we were able to fund last year, with individual awards ranging from £400 to £19,000. The work of these groups is incredibly important and we want to help them achieve their goals in enhancing our communities.”

The services we are looking to support include mental health training and support to develop life skills and enhance development whilst providing volunteering opportunities for individuals with learning disabilities. There is also early years provision, including help for families, services helping to improve rural and social inclusion via access to better internet, and other community based services which will also benefit from funding. Also included in the awards allocation are organisations such as Age UK, which aids older people within the Borough and promotes independence whilst also helping combat loneliness, and advice & guidance services such as Citizens Advice. There will also be an additional focus on services promoting Wellbeing, Health and Arts & Culture.

The Council also commits to continuing the offer of support and guidance on accessing alternative funding sources including the self funding opportunities available through the Melton Community Lottery.



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