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Start your bidding now, Warwickshire community groups urged

Community groups and voluntary organisations across Warwickshire are being invited to bid for funding to help their work.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available from Warwickshire County Council’s Community Development Fund for one-off projects that address issues of local concern.

Last year, lucky organisations to benefit from the fund included a residents association in Hartshill, a neighbourhood watch scheme in Bedworth, a credit union in Warwick and an Air Training Corps in Southam.

This year’s funding application process is officially launched on Monday 4th June. Organisations must make their bids with the support of their local County Councillor, and applications must be received by the deadline of 21 September 2007.

Councillor Peter Fowler, Portfolio Holder for Performance and Development at Warwickshire County Council said: “The Community Development Fund has proved to be a huge success with well over £1.25 million given to support over 400 projects since the fund was launched in 1994.

“We’d really encourage local groups to come up with ideas and apply for help in funding projects that are important to their communities. The money has been particularly helpful in deprived areas, which find it difficult to get the help they need from other sources.”

The fund is run by Warwickshire County Council to help communities, particularly in more deprived parts of the county, address issues of local concern to them.

Once the bids are in, County Councillors in each district and borough will pick the successful applications at their Area Committee meetings in November and December.

Cllr Peter Fowler concluded: “The money that is awarded allows Warwickshire County Council to work in partnership to increase access to a number of important local services. We welcome all applications for this year’s allocation that help enrich the local community.”

Community organisations to benefit from funding last year included:

North Warwickshire –
• Ansley Church Hall and Middleton Village Hall both received grants to improve flooring as part of their modernisation programmes to upgrade the buildings.
• White Wood Leigh Residents Association in Hartshill received a grant to pay for training their members in fundraising, committee skills, IT training and other courses to help improve the group’s abilities.

Nuneaton and Bedworth –
• Higham Lane Allotment Association were granted an award towards erecting security fencing on their allotment site, reclaiming five derelict plots which are now all let and thriving.
• Bedworth Neighbourhood Watch were granted an award to establish five new neighbourhood watch groups in targeted areas in Bedworth, and the project is now progressing very well with many new volunteers and co-ordinators coming forward.

Rugby –
• The Millennium Green Trust was awarded a grant to support the development of a new Community Association and encourage community activity through the installation of a notice board, publication of a bi-monthly newsletter and the launch of a community website.
• The Mayday Trust was awarded funding, in partnership with Rugby Art Gallery, to hold 12 thematic art sessions to increase the practical art and craft skills of some of Rugby’s residents.

Warwick district –
• Relate was awarded funding to provide an outreach family counselling service, targeting families in Leamington Old Town.
• The Warwick District Credit Union were also awarded £5,000 funding to establish a credit union saving and loan operation serving West Warwick, operating out of the Racing Club at Warwick Football Club.

Stratford district -
• Fenny Compton Village Hall received funding to improve energy efficiency at the hall by replacing old sash windows with new uPVC windows and insulating exterior walls.
• The Air Training Corps (2028) Southam Squadron received funding to restore an ejector seat for squadron training and to purchase equipment to help cadets carry out voluntary work to the grounds at Holywell in Southam.

Application forms, which include details of local County Councillors, can be obtained from:

North Warwickshire Area Team
Alistair Rigby
Community Partnership Officer
North Warwickshire Area Office (WCC)
PO Box 2513
Atherstone
CV9 1YD
Tel No. 01827 715646
Email: alistairrigby@warwickshire.gov.uk

Nuneaton and Bedworth Area Team
Albion Court
76 Attleborough Road
Nuneaton
CV11 4JJ
Tel: 024 7637 5700
Email: nun-bedoffice@warwickshire.gov.uk

Rugby Area Team
1st Floor, Newton Hall
Lower Hillmorton Road
Rugby
CV21 3TU
01788 568418
rugbyoffice@warwickshire.gov.uk

Warwick Area Team
PO Box 9, Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4RR
Tel: 01926 736138
Email: warwickoffice@warwickshire.gov.uk

Stratford Area Team
Amanda Wilson-Patterson
Stratford-on-Avon Area Office
Warwickshire County Council
c/o Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House
Church Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6HX
Tel: 01789 290 784/787
Email: amandawilsonpatterson@warwickshire.gov.uk

Link to WCC