Groups benefit from Councillor Local Community Fund
Nine groups across Lichfield District have already benefited from small grants for a range of projects thanks to a new funding scheme.
In the two months since the launch of the Councillor Local Community Fund, district councillors have agreed to more than £1,000 of funding to be awarded to local community groups in their areas.
The fund is part of Lichfield District Council’s two-year pilot scheme that sees all 47 district councillors receive £300 to distribute to groups in their areas each year.
The grants have been spent on a variety of projects, including planting spring flower bulbs in Drayton Bassett, providing families in need with white goods, and buying a fridge so groups who meet at St John’s Community Church in Burntwood can have refreshments.
Alrewas Arts Festival also applied to their local ward councillor, Mike Wilcox, for £150 towards organising Arts Fest on the Island, which took place on 5 September. The event included local musicians, a craft market, a children’s nature trail, workshops and refreshments.
Paula Dumolo, from Alrewas Arts Festival, said:
“Along with the Alrewas Island volunteers we wanted to give our local community the opportunity to get together and have some fun. The weather was fine and it was a lovely, relaxed village event and great to be able to access some extra funding. I’d encourage other groups to apply to their local ward councillor as the process was simple and the decision to fund was made really quickly so we could get started with our plans.”
Councillor Richard Cox, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, said:
"It’s fantastic to see the fund having a positive impact on local communities across the district.
“I’m pleased to have already funded three groups in my ward £50 each for their projects, which included a celebration event in Kings Bromley, servicing the local bowling club’s lawn mower, and a day of orienteering for the 1st Armitage Guides.
“I am enjoying having a link to local groups and look forward to receiving more applications.”
The application period for 2021 will close at the end of November, so groups are being reminded to apply for a small grant of between £50 and £300 for projects and activities that will have a positive impact on their local area.
Individuals can also apply for funding, provided they can show the application is on behalf of a local community project or activity.