Community groups invited to bid for help with running costs

South Gloucestershire Council

Voluntary and community groups in South Gloucestershire are being invited to bid for help with the running costs of projects that benefit local people.

The council’s small grants revenue scheme allocates up to £3,000 per project to help with running costs such as venue hire, staff costs or publicity.

Any scheme that meets local needs will be considered and applications can be submitted under categories including art and culture, children and play, community safety, promoting equality and tackling poverty.

Nearly 130 community groups benefited from the scheme last year, including:

  • The Young at Heart 50 Plus Club in Bradley Stoke, which received £600 to help with the costs of coach outings and lunches out for members
  • The Tytherington Village Shop Association, which received £600 towards the costs of the Tytherington Outreach Post Office scheme
  • The South Gloucestershire Union of Disability Sports, which received £2,590 to help deliver safe and fun coaching sessions to disabled children

In total more than £200,000 is available to the scheme in the 2012/13 session. This year’s allocation also includes the second part of a four-year funding boost agreed by the council which sees the revenue scheme receiving an additional £25,000 per year between 2011/12 and 2014/15.

Applications to this year’s grant round can be submitted until 5th December, and funding decisions will be taken by Local Area Forums in Spring 2012.

Further information and application forms are available online or by calling the Grants Helpline on 01454 865 865.

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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