Community groups and projects in Peasedown St John have the opportunity to apply for up to £6,000 again this year, thanks to the Ward Councillors’ Initiative Fund.
Local councillors Karen Walker and Sarah Bevan (Independent, Peasedown) have been allocated the money by Bath and North East Somerset Council to spend in the village.
This year is the second of three years where each B&NES Councillor is allocated money so local initiatives in their wards can receive some much needed funding, giving many of the projects that rely on volunteers that extra financial support.
Cllr Karen Walker said: “There are many worthy groups and projects in Peasedown that could do with some extra cash. I’m looking forward to working with many of them to decide how the money can be spent.
“During the last financial year, Cllr Bevan and I gave away £3,000 each to local projects – all of which have benefitted, thanks to the funding received.”
The Councillors’ Initiative Fund is open to one-off and new aspects of existing projects that give demonstrable benefit to the community to improve the social, economic or environmental wellbeing of a particular area.
Cllr Sarah Bevan added: “Over the last twelve months I was able to award funding to pay for a new defibrillator outside The Prince of Wales Inn, pay for WiFi to be installed at St John’s Community Hall, and contribute towards the funding Cllr Walker secured for the installation of a defibrillator outside the Red Post Inn.
“The Ward Councillor Initiative Fund really does go to supporting the grassroots projects that need it the most.”
During the 2015/16 financial year, Cllr Walker allocated funding for:
- New curtains at St John’s Community Hall.
- Summer educational play days on The Green, run by Peasedown St John Residents’ Association.
- New equipment for Peasedown Athletic FC.
- The Peasedown St John Children’s Breakfast Club, run by St John’s Church.
- New defibrillator at the Red Post Inn.
Funding is open to any group operating in Peasedown St John, Carlingcott or Braysdown.
With £3,000 each, Karen and Sarah have a degree of flexibility over how and when the money is spent.
They’d like to hear from anyone who’d like to apply by Friday 27th May.
Based on the number and content of applications, there may be an opportunity for further applications to be made later in the financial year.
To request an application form contact Cllr Karen Walker on 07968 401447 or email email@example.com or Cllr Sarah Bevan on 01761 420141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org