Grants for community projects now available
Grant funding that supports the important work done by local community and voluntary groups in West Oxfordshire, is now open for 2020-21 applications.
West Oxfordshire District Council’s Community Revenue Grant offers a cash boost to a range of projects and activities that benefit its residents, for example, helping to meet expenditure and covering on-going running costs such as staffing and administration.
Cllr Michele Mead, Cabinet Member responsible for grants, said: “West Oxfordshire benefits hugely from a strong voluntary and community sector. Our grant support helps foster the important impact community activities have in maintaining the quality of life for our residents.”
Grants are awarded to support a diverse range of activities from environmental work through to volunteer activity. The work must support the Council’s own priorities.
Two schemes that benefited from a Community Revenue Grant last year are the Lower Windrush Valley Project (LWVP) and Age UK.
The LWVP works closely with mineral operators, landowners and the local community to co-ordinate a range of nature conservation, land management and public access initiatives throughout the valley.
Age UK undertakes community development work in the District to create opportunities that enable older people to maintain their independence, stay healthy and feel less lonely, whilst also building new volunteering roles.
Stephen Mott, Age UK locality manager for the District, said: “The grant funding from WODC has been very important in helping to bring a wide range of activities to the people of West Oxfordshire from computer skills lessons to competitive ten pin bowling.
“Thanks to this funding, Age UK Oxfordshire has been able to create and sustain a variety of events aimed at bringing people together.”
Further information about the Community Revenue Grant is available at www.westoxon.gov.uk/residents/leisure/community-leisure-grants/
The closing date for applications is Friday 7 February 2020.