Community groups benefit from increased grant funding

South Gloucestershire Council

A number of voluntary groups have won a share of £125,000 in grants from South Gloucestershire Council.

The grants were allocated across all five local area forums – Frome Vale, Kings Forest, Severn Vale, Southern Brooks and The Chase – for projects which directly benefit the community.

Earlier this summer, the council increased the funding for these grants by £200,000 over four years, as part of its commitment to supporting community and voluntary groups.

Some of these include:

  • More than £7,000 to enhance Charfield memorial hall and playing fields
  • £1,000 to Thornbury Twins club for enhancements to their library and website project
  • £1,500 towards café improvements at Grimsbury Farm, Kingswood
  • More than £2,300 to refurbish the kitchen and office at Patchway Centre Pre-School and Tots group
  • More than £1,700 to Bradley Stoke Community Radio Association for a community engagement programme
  • £1,330 to South Gloucestershire Citizens Advice Bureau to improve access for the disabled
  • £2,000 to extend the village shop in Tytherington
  • £2,500 to Staple Hill Regeneration Project

Cllr James Hunt, executive member for communities, said:

“Even in tough times, we’re making extra funding available to ensure even more local voluntary groups can benefit from a community grant and help the Big Society get even bigger in South Gloucestershire.”

“Voluntary organisations create opportunities and offer services that give added value to the work of the council and I am delighted that so many varied organisations have been successful with their grant applications this time around which will help to enhance community facilities for the benefit of local residents.”

A full list of groups to benefit from the annual round of capital grants is available on the council’s website

Source: South Gloucestershire Council