The Community Grants programme has opened with new guidelines and is accepting expressions of interest from not-for-profit groups across Great Britain.
Round two funding is focused on projects that enhance community cohesion through activities that bring people together and enhance a community’s identity as well as projects that improve the overall health and wellbeing of communities through exercise, counselling and training.
Grants range from £500 to £20,000 for those in Scotland and England and up to £10,000 for those in Wales. Only registered charities can apply for grants of more than £2,000.
Projects should help people gain better access to community facilities, community activities and strengthen communities in ways that are different, sustainable and reach a wide number of people.
The funding is for activities that:
- Promote team/group sports and activities at a grass-roots level.
- Provide or enhance places for sports and recreation.
- Promote community arts projects.
- Work in innovative ways to relieve older or disabled people’s isolation within their communities.
- Improve the health statistics of a community through, for example:
- First aid courses.
- Mental health awareness or counselling.
- First responders.
Examples of projects that would fit within these guidelines include the following:
- Sporting projects that involve disabled people, the elderly, and girls/women.
- Projects that train members of the community to become sport coaches.
- Purchases of minibuses to enable disabled or elderly to take part more fully in their community.
- Establishment of community choirs, drama groups, art groups, history societies.
- Community First Responder courses.
- Exercise programmes that benefit elderly or disabled people, helping to prevent falls and limit obesity.
- Programmes that provide mental health provision for those experiencing various addictions or life-limiting problems.
There is a two-step application process.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 28 August 2017.
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