Community funding could 'go to waste'

PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 August 2014

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A POT of money for community projects in Highbridge is in danger of being lost unless more applications come forward.

The Community First Highbridge fund is entering its final year, and previous successful grant applications include training and boxing equipment for King Alfred Boxing Club, floral features for Highbridge in Bloom and a new van for Hillview Juvenile Carnival Club.

With a year to go, several thousand pounds of the £33,910 awarded over a four-year 
period remain, and a rule restricting projects to a single application has been dropped, in the hope of attracting more interest.

Spokesman Ian Lang said: “This money is for local groups and of course we don’t want it to go to waste and not get used. No one wants to see it go back to central Government - it’s for Highbridge voluntary groups, both large and small.

“If any Highbridge charity or community group wants to apply, they need to fill in an expression of interest form on our website, and we will assess it and interview them if successful, before it is sent to London for final approval.”

Application forms and more information on the project are available from www.communityfirsthighbridge.co.uk.

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