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Voluntary, charitable and community groups in Bromsgrove District are being invited to bid for a share of this year’s small grants funding.

Bromsgrove District Council is making more grants available for activities that address community issues and support wider community involvement and equality through its Small Grants Scheme.

However, for the first time – and as a trial for 2019 – applicants can now bid for up to £1000 instead of £500 as in previous years. The grants will also be run for one round in line with the financial year, rather than two.

The grants will support projects to be delivered between 1 June 2019 and 31 March 2020 and bidding opens at midday on Wednesday March 20 until the deadline of midday on Friday 26 April.

The approval process and shortlisting of applications will be completed during May with funds becoming available to organisations from June 1.

There is a £10,000 budget for this year’s Small Grants Scheme and with the increased amount to bid, it is hoped that this will provide an opportunity for bigger or longer term projects to be delivered alongside smaller projects requiring an amount up to £500.

However, with the increase in funding, groups are advised to only bid for the amount they actually need and will be required to justify their bid.

Cllr Brian Cooper, whose portfolio covers finance and enabling services, said: “The voluntary and community sector provides valuable services to our residents and the district, and we are pleased to support small projects that make a big difference.

“History has demonstrated that some groups have chosen not to apply for funding due to the limited funding on offer, so we hope that by reducing the frequency of the bids and offering groups the chance to bid for up to £1000, we will encourage bigger community projects.

“If you or your community group could benefit from this kind of funding to run a project, please do get in touch.”

Since starting the grants programme in 2015, there have been 7 rounds with a total of £36,483 awarded to 85 different projects. These projects have helped support older people, young people, men, women, people with a disability, members of the LGBT community and different race and religious groups.  

For information and guidance on applying click here or contact the district council on equalities@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk or by calling 01527 881288.