Community First Funding

 Community and voluntary groups are being encouraged to take part in a £4,000 ‘give away’ in Brierley Hill.  
Brierley Hill Community First panel contact Tim Sunter said:
 
“£4,000 has been made available for community activities in the Brierley Hill ward.  We are looking for community and voluntary groups to come up with ideas of how they could spend between £750 and £1000 to improve the lives of local residents.
 
“We will then hold a public meeting on 19th November where applicants can put their case for funding to local residents who will then vote on which projects to support.
 
“£4,000 has been earmarked for this ‘participatory budgeting process’.  We’re really keen to reach out to new groups and involve more people in our work.”
 
Community First is a nationwide government scheme aimed at supporting volunteers and social enterprise to make a difference in their community, and applications will need to meet its funding criteria.
 
“Already grants have been given for a wide range of projects – from community gardens, through dancing for young people, exercise and counselling for the elderly to support for the scouts in the area.  The key is that schemes make a difference to people’s lives locally.”
 
Residents or groups with ideas can find out more on how to apply on the Community First website: www.communityfirst.brierleyhill.org
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