Talking West Cheshire

Voluntary, faith and community groups in Great Boughton offered chance to bid for funding

29 August 2012

Are you part of a voluntary, faith or community group in Great Boughton?

Local councillors Pamela Hall and Keith Board are offering to help fund projects within the community and are asking residents to help decide which projects should receive cash through their participatory budgeting scheme.

Groups in the Great Boughton area will have the opportunity to bid for grants of between £500 and £1,500 from the Councillors’ Member Budgets to help support their local projects.

Interested parties are invited to find out more about the participatory budget scheme at the next Community Forum meeting, taking place on Tuesday 4 September, 6.30pm, at Caldy Valley Church and Centre, Caldy Valley Road, Great Boughton.

Councillor Keith Board said: “Both myself and Councillor Hall wanted to spend our Member Budgets on what our community really needs, so we decided to involve local residents and let them decide how we spend it through a majority vote.

“I would encourage all local groups to take advantage of this opportunity to access funding and for local residents to share with us where they think the money is needed most.”

Bids must be submitted to the Council’s Chester Area Working Team by 26 October.

Successful bids fitting the Council’s criteria for involvement will then be voted on by local residents at the following Local Community Forum being held on Tuesday, 27 November.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to deliver a short presentation about their project and the aims and benefits to the community. The audience will then vote for their preferred projects.

Applicants must be a voluntary or community group with a constitution or equivalent governing document, have a bank account that requires at least two signatures and offer a service located within the Great Boughton ward or benefit those living in this ward.

The project must help to deliver at least one aspect of the Council’s priorities:

  • Starting Well - projects that encourage childen and young people to achieve their best, for example projects which involve children and young people in sports projects or after school activities
  • Living Well - Projects or groups which help involve all members of the community for example improving the local the environment or encouraging healthy eating
  • Ageing Well - Projects or groups which involve older people in activities such as tea dances, social activities, intergenerational activities
  • Supporting community buildings and activities. Community assets which may need developing, funding for new activities.

Applications for funding must be returned to Chester Area Working Team by Friday, 26 October either electronically, by post at First floor, HQ Building, 58 Nicholas Street, Chester, CH1 2NP, or by hand.

Organisations shortlisted to make a presentation will be notified two weeks before the Community Forum date.

For more information on the participatory budgeting scheme please contact Community Engagement Officer Julia Wilson or Chester Area Manager Michelle Talgam on 01244 976765 or 972859.