Community Event Grant Applications flood in.
The types of event to receive funding range from music festivals, family fun days with a focus on multi-cultural diversity to events promoting local nature reserves and encouraging people to visit them with a variety of activities (bug hunting, pond dipping, storytelling) and many more.
The total value of applications received was over £70,000, exceeding the £50,000 that the Council has put aside for these community-led events.
Over 50 applications flooded in from around the borough for these grants that encourage groups to involve the wider community in organising local events as well as increase or develop volunteering opportunities in the borough.
The “Ironbridge Gorge WWII Weekend” on 25 and 26 May is a popular Second World War themed event, which raises funds for War Veterans, that benefits from the Grant’s support.
Lots of exciting events are scheduled for June, such as the Dragon Fest on Saturday, 8 June, at Leegate Centre (a recently opened centre at the heart of Leegomery community).
Alicya-Justine Oakes, Community Centre Manager says: “We are thrilled to receive a Community Events Grant from the Council, we are now able to put on the first event of its kind in the Leegomery community for quite some time.
“It will be a fantastic opportunity to bring people together and to showcase our recently opened centre, with activities and performance acts for both children and adults.”
Other events that will take place ths year with the help of the Grant include:
– The “Anstice Community Trust – Community day” celebrating the re-opening of the Anstice following refurbishment;
– A “Picnic and outdoor “fun day managed by PODS (Parents Opening Doors) charity;
– “Access to Angling” – managed by Telford Angling Association to encourage anyone with disabilities and additional needs to try fishing;
– The annual Coracle Regatta, organised by Ironbridge Coracle Trust;
– Little Wenlock Great Day out at the local Village Hall.
Cllr Raj Mehta, Cabinet Member for Communities & Inclusivity said: “We are so lucky in Telford and Wrekin to have so many great community groups, so it’s no surprise that the response to our Community Events Grant has been amazing.
“The fund is helping a very wide range of events to happen all across the borough, there’s literally something for anyone to take part and enjoy – that’s also what makes our borough such a great place to live in.”
The Community Events Grant builds on last year’s successful Telford 50 celebration grant which supported over 40 community groups, who held a broad range of events to mark the town’s 50th anniversary.
The scheme opened for bids in January, with groups and individuals able to bid for up to £2,000 towards their event.
The £50,000 fund that supports these community–led events as a legacy of Telford’s 50th anniversary is part of the total Telford 50 Legacy Fund.
This £2 million Telford 50 Legacy Fund supports a mix of physical schemes as well as other projects that help tackle key social issues in the borough and reduce demand on council services.