COMMUNITY FIRST FUNDING – PUTTING YOUR COMMUNITY FIRST

Posted on June 14, 2012 by

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Funding for your community, distributed by members of your community.

Community First is a pot of money which government is giving to communities across the country.  Gleadless Valley Ward, which consists of the communities of Heeley, Meersbrook and Gleadless Valley itself, is one of the areas to receive funding.

Towards the end of 2011-12 four community groups were awarded small amounts of money by the Gleadless Valley Community Panel to help them with their community work.

The groups were Heeley City Farm, Heeley Entertainment and Activities Team (HEAT – the group of local organisations that organise Heeley Festival), Gleadless Valley Community Forum Young People’s Project, and Meersbrook Park Users Trust. 

The grants awarded, ranging from £1800 to £2200, will directly benefit the local communities in which the projects are based through, for example, supporting the renovation of community buildings, supporting community festivals and increasing opportunities for local people to take up highly rewarding volunteer opportunities.

The 2012-13 round of funding is likely to open in early summer.  If you are part of a local community group or organisation you may be eligible to apply for a small grant of up to £2500.  The fund is intended to provide support to local, grassroots groups that have the good of their communities at heart. 

For more information, please call Steve Rundell at Gleadless Valley Community Forum, or John Le Corney at Heeley City Farm from June onwards and keep your eyes peeled for posters across the community and on this website