£350k grant scheme could benefit Melton groups

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Scores of groups are being encouraged to explore a Leicestershire County Council grants scheme which could benefit their communities.

Grants have been awarded to nearly 150 projects which support older and vulnerable people, encourage youngsters to reach their full potential and develop ways to become more active.

Now, around £350,000 is available for groups who want to express an interest in the Your Shire or Community Solutions programmes.

The Your Shire grant offers a share of up to £2,500. Community Solutions support can rise to around £10,000 for groups and charities with expressions of interest needed by mid-February next year for both schemes.

​Councillor Pam Posnett, the county council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “`We’ve had a really good response to these grants, which are targeted to help the groups who need them most.

“I’d encourage groups to contact our grants team to discuss the aims of their project and that could then pave the way for them to apply.”

In north-west Leicestershire, a £10,000 Community Solutions grant is helping to provide a one-stop community hub in Whitwick which will be built on the site of a former toilet block in Market Street.

Parish Council chairman Ray Woodward said: “We want to unlock the community capacity of nearly 9,000 residents and we see the community hub as being the first point of contact and, wherever possible, we’ll signpost visitors to other services.”

Information on grants is available here or​​​​ by emailing shiregrants@leics.gov.uk