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Organisations to receive almost £20,000 in community grants

Seventeen local organisations are set to receive £19,800 in community grants from Forest of Dean District Council.

The cash will help boost their community engagement and the services they deliver.

The grants will be used for a range of projects from helping local sports clubs improve their facilities, to a new greenhouse for a community garden and supporting the set-up costs for a local Arts festival.

Cabinet member for communities, Cllr Paul Hiett, said: "Throughout the last couple of years, we have realised just how important community organisations are in supporting people's health and wellbeing, reducing social isolation and bringing communities together.

"We have some amazing community groups throughout the Forest of Dean and it has been great to help them out with these grants that will hopefully make a big difference in improving the services that they offer.

"We did receive applications for more than three times the amount of funding we had available. This has meant that we were unable to support every application and led to some difficult decisions. However, we will be offering further advice and guidance to those which were unsuccessful this time around."

The Community Grants Fund is aimed at building capacity of the community rather than directly delivering services and will focus on projects that are trying to reinstate community activity which was available pre-pandemic and also support Sustainable Community Food projects.

The funding available to groups for 2022/2023 is £19,800 with one-off revenue grants of up to £3,000 available for constituted groups and one-off grants of up to £500 available for non-constituted groups.

Successful applicants will have been contacted by the council's community wellbeing team, informing them of how much they have been allocated. Unsuccessful applicants will be contacted with advice of alternative funding options that may be available to them.

Full list of successful applicants and how much they have been allocated:

Spike and Shoes Circuits - £300 to help with rent and to buy mats to support their activities

Together We Can - £1,500 for materials to support activities

CANDI Youth Space -£1,250 for sofa and bean bags for their quiet space

Canopy - £2,500 to contribute towards their Arts festival in Newent

Bream Cricket Club - £1,000 to improve access and enable inclusion

Wyedean Canoe Club - £1,000 to help buy new boats

Friends of Pan Tod - £1,000 to help buy signage, a strimmer, and mower

Lydbrook Memorial Hall - £1,380 to buy cooker to support activities

Bream Amateurs Football Club - £1,000 to help buy fencing to improve safety

Clearwell Recreation Ground Management Committee - £1,000 to help buy fencing for growing spaces

Cinderford Bowling Club - £1,200 to buy a step to increase accessibility of bowling green

Wilde Earth Journeys CIC - £500 to contribute to the development of community garden/walks

Yorkley Village Garden - £1,000 to help buy equipment and support essential training.

Parkside & Friends - £473.99 to purchase a new greenhouse

Sedbury Space - £1,500 to contribute towards sessional staffing

Mid-Wyedean Churches (Redbrook Youth Group) - £1,500 to contribute towards sessional staffing and activities run by the project

Newnham Archery Club - £1,500 to help purchase portable targets to support their projects

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