39 local organisations benefit from grant funding
Successful community and Forest youth activity grant applicants came together on 14 December, at an event to celebrate the District Council awarding funding towards their projects.
By demonstrating their value and support to their local area, 39 local organisations have so far been awarded a share of over £57,000 from the small community grant scheme and the Forest youth activities fund.
The funding will be used for a wide variety of local community initiatives, ranging from providing support and advice to vulnerable groups, to purchasing much needed equipment and materials for voluntary activity groups.
During the awards ceremony representatives from the organisations took the opportunity to speak about their projects; what the funding means to them and how it will help them deliver their aspirations in the future to benefit their local area and the people living in it.
Councillor Paul Hiett, Cabinet Member for Communities said: “The standard of applicants for the grants this year was again extremely high and we went through the difficult process of deciding which organisations and groups best met with the relevant priorities and criteria.
“It has been fantastic to be able to support these often unrecognised small groups that exist in our neighbourhoods and to acknowledge the important work they do for the benefit of local people.
“There is still a small amount of funding available for both the community grants and the Forest youth activity grants, so if you have a project that fits either of the criteria and helps build communities, making them safer and better places to live, you may be eligible to apply. For more information and to download an application form, visit the Community grants & funding page on the Council's website.
To date the Forest of Dean District Council has awarded £39,547.73 from the Forest youth activities fund and £17,890 from the community grants fund.