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Projects to benefit from cash

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 02, 2013

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FOUR not-for-profit organisations have received funding in the first round of the new Churnet Valley Community Grants Scheme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

With their grant funding organisations they will deliver community projects that enhance or interpret the heritage and countryside of the Churnet Valley Living Landscape (CVLLP) area.

Ipstones Parish Council has been awarded £617 towards a project to install a Finger Post sign in the centre of the village to advertise local buildings, many with significant heritage in.

The Beatrice Charity, which runs a canal boat for disabled children and the elderly to take trips along the canal have been awarded £797.50 towards the design and development of a website to promote the boat and encourage more bookings from different groups of people, and attract more volunteers.

Alton Rural Regeneration Action Group have also been awarded £1,300 towards the re-design of the Alton Community Website, to have new and improved elements such as village trials, what’s on, a youth section, a discussion forum and more.

Suzanne Cole who administers the fund at CVLLP partner, Staffordshire Moorlands Community and Voluntary Services (SMCVS) said: “This has been an exciting start for the grants scheme.

“The panel, made up of members of the local community, were very impressed with the variety of applications and look forward to receiving more in the future.” The community grant scheme is open to voluntary and community organisations, parish councils, social enterprises and schools with their own constitution and UK bank account that are based in, or benefit, the Churnet Valley Living Landscape area.

Grants awarded are between £200 and £3,000 and can be used for both revenue and/or capital costs.

Applicants need to be able to provide match funding for their projects.

The scheme will only fund up to 50 percent of the total project costs to a maximum of £3,000.

The next deadline for applications is September 5, thereafter deadlines will be quarterly.

Further information is available to download from www.churnet-valley.org.uk.

For a chat about your project idea, any questions or to request an application pack, contact Suzanne Cole, Community Grants Officer at SMCVS on 01538 381356 or email grants@smcvs.co.uk

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