VOLUNTARY, charitable and community groups in Bromsgrove are being urged to bid for a share of this year’s small grants funding.
Bromsgrove District Council is making more more grants available for activities which address community issues and support wider community involvement and equality through its Small Grants Scheme.
However for the first time – and as a trial for 2019 – applicants can now bid for up to £1,000 instead of £500 in previous years.
The grants will also be run for one round in line with the financial year, rather than two.
Projects which are delivered between June 1 2019 and March 31, 2020, will be eligible.
Bidding opened on Wednesday and finishes at midday on April 26.
The approval process and shortlisting of applications will be completed during May with funds becoming available from June 1.
There is a £10,000 budget for this year’s Small Grants Scheme and with the increased amount to bid, it is hoped this will provide an opportunity for bigger or longer term projects to be delivered along with the smaller schemes which need up to £500.
Groups are advised to only bid for the amount they actually need and will need to justify their bid.
Since starting the grants programme in 2015, there have been seven rounds with £36,483 awarded to 85 different projects.
The projects have helped support older people, young people, men, women, people with a disability, members of the LGBT community and different race and religious groups.
For information head to http://www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/grants or call 01527 881288.