Bridlington groups can get share of £80,000

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COMMUNITY groups in the Bridlington South ward are being urged to apply for a share of £80,000 which has been allocated to the town by a national grant scheme.

Groups can apply for grants of between £250 and £2,500 from the Community First Fund which was set up to support community led projects in some of the country’s most deprived wards.

The fund is administered nationally by the Community Development Foundation and supported locally by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Bridlington Renaissance Office.

Where the money goes is determined by a panel of eight people who are already actively involved in the community, while the Bridlington Community Resource Centre is the panel partner.

Community First panel chair Cec Lindley said: “I urge organisations in Bridlington South Ward to make use of the money available.

“It is a chance to make improvements in the town and strengthen community activity.

“There is help available if you have a project to fund but have difficulty with the application. We are here to work together with you.”

Any groups that benefit from the money will have to match fund it either financially or through volunteer time.

Examples of what the fund will support include the purchase of equipment, such as a computer or furniture, the costs of putting on an event or workshop, training for volunteers or activties to expand an existed funded project.

The final deadline for funding for 2012-13 is at the end of March so anyone with an idea for a project that will improve the environment of Bridlington’s south ward, increase activities for the community there and support the local voluntary sector in the process should apply as soon as possible.

Groups that have already received funding include the Bridlington Amateur Operatic Society, Bridlink, Priory Enterprises (E Riding) Ltd, West Hill Community Services, The Kingfisher Trust, Hilderthorpe Allotment Society, Bridlington Young People’s Club, Bridlington Cricket Club and the Community Cop Shop.

Anyone who has not already received grant assistance from the Community First Fund this year can register an interest by emailing southward.bridlington@eastriding.gov.uk, calling 01482 391798 or write to or visit c/o Bridlington Renaissance Office, Bridlington Town Hall, Quay Road, Bridlington, YO16 4LP.

The Community First panel will meet on two more occasions before the end of March meaning the deadlines for applications are February 20 and March 6.