Curo has awarded over £33,000 to projects making a positive contribution to Bath’s Foxhill community, with a further £3,000 available until the end of March for projects or groups that need a helping hand.
The Bath-based housing association awarded 20 grants over a two year period from 2017 to 2019.
Curo calculate over 1,900 Foxhill residents have benefitted from Community Chest grants they’ve given to local projects and initiatives.
Vanessa Collier, Community Development Manager at Curo, explained: “Our mission at Curo is to make our neighbourhoods great places to live.
“Our Community Chest grants have supported some fantastic projects that are making a positive and profound contribution to the Foxhill community.”
A variety of projects have benefitted from Curo’s support, including play sessions, family theatre shows, exercise and dance classes, craft workshops, over 50s activities, community fetes and holiday camps.
Curo helped a professional animator living in Foxhill host workshops for young people at The Hub in Mulberry Park.
Angela Frankham has worked for Wallace and Gromit filmmakers Aardman Animation and on Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, Pingu and Bob the Builder.
Curo’s grant also allowed Angela to offer work experience to a recent graduate and employ a freelance artist.
Angela’s workshops at The Hub have been a great success and are always fully booked.
Angela explained: “These are difficult times for people working in arts activities and Curo have really supported me. It’s been really exciting to share my knowledge and experience with local children through the animation workshops.”
Foxhill Youth Club was given £600 by Curo towards the cost of a sports and craft trip to Devon.
Stuart McLachlan, youth minister at the youth club, said: “The trip allowed our young members to develop a range of skills and make new friends.
“They got to try new sports activities and have time out from their normal routine. For some of the young people attending this was their first trip away from home and they were able to be able to consider new opportunities in a different setting.”
Curo have got a further £3,000 available for projects or groups based in Foxhill, and are calling for residents to contact them if they need any financial support to get a project off the ground.
Vanessa Collier, Community Development Manager at Curo, said: “We’ve got £3,000 available until the end of March. We want Foxhill residents with ideas to get in touch.
“If anyone is putting on an event, needs a piece of equipment or just some cash to make something happen – we can help!
“It’s really easy to apply for funding. Go to the Curo website for more information on applying for our community grants.”