Community urged to apply for grants

By Harriet Ernstsons Wednesday 28 November 2012 Updated: 28/11 10:23

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Buy photos » Residents at Auxerre House discuss funding for Greenlands with Coun Rebecca Blake. (s)

PROJECTS which will improve the lives of residents in two Redditch wards are set to receive £34,000 funding.

Up to £20,000 is available for schemes in Central ward which will benefit older people, vulnerable people or the environment and a further £14,000 is on offer in Greenlands to boost intergeneration, residents' well being and learning together.

Voluntary or community groups in those areas with ideas which could cost around £2,000 to implement are being invited to discuss their scheme in front of a Community First Panel on Friday, December 7, between 10am and 12pm.

Each group will be given a 15 minute slot to tell the panel why their project is needed, which priority it meets and when it will start and finish.

Coun Rebecca Blake, ward member for Greenlands, met residents at Auxerre House at their weekly coffee morning to discuss the funding with them.

She said: "I know there are a number of good ideas for community action in the Greenlands ward, taking in Woodrow, Greenlands and Wirehill, yet the start up costs are often a barrier.

"I have been spreading the word there is funding available from the Community Development Foundation and I hope people will use the opportunity to bid for up to £2,000 as I would like to see the full £14,000 available used in the area.

"If people have a project for either bringing old and young together or helping well being or learning, I hope they will contact the Bromsgrove and Redditch Network (BARN), who are screening the initial bids, for more details."

Joe Julius, who organises the coffee morning at Auxerre House, added: "It was good to hear there is some funding available for Greenlands. Some of us are interested in using computers but have never used one so we are thinking about bidding for some lessons for the older people here."

To book a slot, e-mail or call Dot or Susan at BARN on 01527 60282 before Wednesday (December 5).

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