Supporting Local Communities

From Hesters Way to Pittville, from Swindon Village to Leckhampton, right across Cheltenham people of all ages have worked together to support Community activity.

Religious and Church groups, Sports Clubs and Residents' Associations have really made a difference. The commitment has been amazing.

Just last week, Wymans Brook has had a project to replant the area by the shops. It brightens everyone's day!

To help communities rebuild and help residents, or create and do projects in their area, Cheltenham Council has a Resilience Fund. It's there to help local groups help their communities to rebuild after the isolation and pain of the pandemic and its restrictions.

So far, some £100,000 has been distributed from a partnership between the County Council and Cheltenham Borough Council. The cash has gone to a variety of groups running everything from food pantries to support for Black and Minority Ethnic communities, from supporting those with disabilities, to supporting young people and children. Everywhere in fact, where the money could make a difference in the fight against Covid’s impact.

Some 51 organisations bid for money and got it.

Now, with the pandemic still on the go, another £50,000 has been made available. We want it to make a difference.

So, if you are a member of a group that has been helping in your community, or a registered charity, community interest company or a parish council, you can apply.

How much might you be able to access? So far, grants of between a couple of hundred pounds up to several thousand have been made. It depends on the project and how it will deliver.

Grants are evaluated on their merits and we will be looking in particular at those groups looking to support individuals and groups to regain independence and to increase confidence as we move out of lockdowns as well as those groups that are looking to return to delivering Covid secure community activities.

So, please contact Cheltenham Council offices if you or your group has an idea to nurture our communities, make us feel safer, or just smile!

- Cllr Flo Clucas, Cabinet member for Safety and Communities

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