Community groups and projects in Peasedown St John are being given the opportunity to apply for up to £4,000 this year, thanks to the Ward Councillors’ Empowerment Fund.
Local councillors Sarah Bevan and Karen Walker (Independents, Peasedown) have been allocated the money by Bath and North East Somerset Council to spend in the village.
This year, each B&NES Councillor has been allocated £2,000 to spend in their communities, so local initiatives can receive some much-needed funding, giving many of the projects that rely on volunteers that extra financial support.
The new ‘Ward Councillors’ Empowerment Fund’ is the successor to the former ‘Ward Councillors’ Initiative Fund’.
Cllr Sarah Bevan said: “There are many worthy groups and projects in Peasedown St John that could do with some extra cash. I’m looking forward to working with them to decide how the money can be spent.
“Under the previous Ward Councillor’s Initiative Fund, Cllr Walker and I allocated £6,000 each to local projects, which has benefitted many community initiatives thanks to the funding received.”
“The new Councillors’ Empowerment 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 Karen Walker added: “In the past we were able to award funding to pay for new defibrillators, brand new signage for either end of the village, and for children’s play days to be held on The Green and Beacon Field.
“The funding that we’re allocated really does go towards supporting the grassroots projects that need it the most!”
Since 2015, Cllr Walker allocated funding for:
- New curtains at St John’s Community Hall.
- Summer educational play days on The Green.
- 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.
- A new entrance sign to the south-end of the village
- Festive workshops at Dorothy House Outreach Centre
Cllr Bevan’s funding supported:
- New defibrillator at the Prince of Wales Inn
- Play sessions on Beacon Field for children
- ‘Chess in Schools’ at Peasedown Primary School
- A new entrance sign to the north of the village
- Laptops for community use at St John’s Community Hall
- Funding is open to any group operating in Peasedown St John, Carlingcott or Braysdown.
With £2,000 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 14th February.
Decisions will be made by 14th March. Based on the number and content of applications, there may be an opportunity for further applications to be made later in the financial year.