Grants available for community projects across Gedling borough

 Grants available for community projects across Gedling borough

PICTURED: Councillor John Handley, Nottinghamshire County Council, with Jack Ashworth, Vice-Chair, Bestwood Village Parish Council, Jenny Kirkwood, and Jack’s grandchildren Bethany, 9 and Jack, 7.

Grants of up to £50,000 are being made available to help community projects across Gedling borough.

The money is being made available as part of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme Capital Fund – which launched this week.

Organisations in the borough can apply for up to £50,000 as a contribution towards capital projects and schemes that improve lives, champion heritage and support local communities to be strong, vibrant and resilient.

One scheme to benefit from recent funding was the Bestwood Village community.

A new outdoor gym and zip wire was installed after the local parish council won over £9, 000 in funding for the scheme which aims to boost healthy living and provide young people with positive activities to dissuade anti-social behaviour.

The project was supported by the local County Councillor for Newstead,  Cllr Chris Barnfather.

Councillor John Handley, Vice-Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, recently visited paid a visit to the scheme to see how it was benefiting the local community.

Cllr Handley said: “We are very excited to be launching another round of Capital Funding this year. The zip wire and outdoor gym at Bestwood Village is a wonderful example of the sorts of scheme that can be successful through the Capital Fund.

“If you have an idea and can clearly demonstrate how it will transform the lives of local people in your area, boost local amenities, promote our heritage and support the local economy, then now is the time to apply.”

Coun Jack Ashworth, Vice-Chair of Bestwood Village Parish Council, said: “This outdoor facility will improve the physical and mental health of local families by enabling them to enjoy a happier, healthier and more active lifestyle.

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“The project encourages families to be active together by providing a zipwire for younger children next to the outdoor gym where adults and children aged over 14 years old can use the gym, as well as providing a positive activity for young people to enjoy in the local area.

“We are very grateful to the county council’s Local Improvement Scheme Capital Fund for making it possible. Compared to many sources of funding, it was relatively straight forward to apply for and we are delighted with the end result which will bring a huge boost to local residents.”

Councillor Barnfather said: “I was delighted to support this application for a Capital Fund grant. Children observing their parents being active provides a positive image of exercise and will help to encourage the notion that being active is a normal past time rather than a chore, helping to create a healthy sporting habit for life.”

Organisations should be based in Nottinghamshire and demonstrate how the capital project / asset will benefit Nottinghamshire residents.

Applications should be submitted by 28 February, 2019. To apply, visit the Nottinghamshire County Council website: #NottsCapitalFund


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