Cash grant to ‘kick-start’ good ideas

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 May 2012

The Highbridge First Community grants panel.

The Highbridge First Community grants panel.

Mike Lang

A PROJECT which will inject almost £34,000 into Highbridge has been launched with the aim of helping more community groups in the town.

The Highbridge Community First project was unveiled on Tuesday after it successfully acquired £33,910 of Government funding.

The money, which was handed down from the Government’s community development foundation, will be used to bring the group’s aims and objectives to life.

The project is overseen by a grants panel, which is chaired by Highbridge and Burnham county councillor John Woodman and a group of volunteers, and will award money to groups who meet the panel’s criteria.

Cllr Woodman said: “I’m hoping that we are going to find a lot of fantastic groups in Highbridge that can benefit from this funding. This money isn’t going to cover everything but every little helps.”

The money will be spread out over four years and the groups can also apply for match-funding, which can come in the form of a combination of money, voluntary time and work.

Member of the grants panel and mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Ken Smout, said: “The grants that we give out have to benefit the community not just the individual. There are lots of good ideas and good people out there and all they need is a bit of funding to get things going. We see this grant as helping them kick-start that.”

The panel has set out three key aims for awarding the money - improving the health and well-being of the community, improving the local environment and improving the effectiveness of volunteer groups by helping with recruitment, training and equipment.

Cllr Woodman said: “I’m looking forward to see the good work that can be done. We can supply grants up to a maximum of £1,000 as we are looking to help as many people as we can.”

Community groups who want to apply for the grant funding can download an application form by visiting the Highbridge Community First website at

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