Requests arrive for a share of Lions' £10,000
PUBLISHED: 08:00 09 June 2013
APPLICATIONS for this year's Go Kids Go! competition have starting coming in and this week the Mercury will turns the spotlight on some of the groups asking for a helping hand.
Weston businesses have united behind the campaign to create a pot of £10,000 to distribute to worthy clubs and organisations this year – with top awards of up to £2,000.
The partnership between the Mercury and Weston Lions is this week taking a closer look at applications from 1st Milton Scouts and XTND, who want to put the cash towards new facilities and equipment to keep children active.
The scout group has around 130 members and provides weekly meetings and outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and climbing.
Its headquarters – built by volunteers 45 years ago – is now in need of renovation and the group’s leaders hope to secure funding to create better facilities for overnight accommodation, insulation, kitchen fittings, new windows and a toilet and shower suitable for disabled members.
Secretary David Bryan said: “We want to make the space more welcoming to the youngsters and to the community and hopefully open it up for community use.
“The funding would be a big help and put us en route to start the work.”
Heads of the XTND charity, based at Bournville and Windwhistle Primary Schools, have also submitted an application, with the hope of winning cash for an archery kit.
The organisation’s priorities are to ensure families are supported by activities designed to raise aspirations. These include children’s clubs, training for parents and life skills activities.
The group has applied for £800 from Go Kids Go! to get the archery club started and buy boards, bows and arrows.
Manager Lynn Winter said: “The funding will provide an activity that is not available to them locally.
“We already run an after-school sports club but this will provide them with something new, particularly for those who may not be interested in traditional sports.
“The money would definitely give us the go-ahead and would be fantastic.”
If you run a community group that encourages sport and fitness for young people, are based within the postcode areas BS22, BS23, BS24 and BS25 and are a registered club, charity or not-for-profit organisation you can apply for a grant.
To apply for a grant as part of Go Kids Go! visit www.westonmercury.co.uk to download an application form or pick one up from the Mercury office.
When you have completed the form, send it to Go Kids Go!, Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW or hand it in at our office. The deadline for applications is July 1 and the winners will be announced in the Mercury.