£80,000 grants advice on offer

THE NEXT meeting of Bridlington Community Forum takes place next week – where help will be on hand for community groups hoping to apply for grant funding of up to £80,000 in Bridlington south ward.

The meeting will be held next Thursday at 9am at Bridlington Business Centre in Enterprise Way, off Bessingby Industrial Estate.

It has been arranged by the Bridlington Renaissance Partnership, East Riding Voluntary Action Services (Ervas) and Bridlington Community Resource Centre to provide an opportunity for local groups and organisations to access information, advice and guidance.

Groups in the Bridlington South Ward will also be able to get help on preparing applications for the Neighbourhood Match Fund, which will make more than £80,000 available in small grants for community activities over the next three years.

The scheme is being run locally by a Community First Panel, which is supported through Bridlington Renaissance Office.

Coun Chad Chadwick, vice chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, sits on the Community First Panel and will be at the meeting.

He said: “If you have never submitted an application for funding before, it can be a little bit complicated, so coming along for advice at this meeting will be a big help for any groups that are interested in applying to the fund.

“I think the fund is a great idea and I would urge any interested groups to come along.”

As part of the scheme, grants of between £250 and £2,500 are available for voluntary and community groups, where they meet the themes set by the panel, and must be matched by an equal value of either volunteer time or cash contributions. To support volunteering in the local area, staff from Ervas will be on hand at the forum meeting, with advice about how to find volunteering opportunities, and how to attract and keep volunteers.

Fiona Turner, from Ervas, said: “Volunteering can help people between jobs to gain work experience, which in the current jobs market can be an advantage.

“It can also be a very worthy and rewarding experience. We can help to direct people to opportunities for volunteer work, and also work with organisations to help them recruit.”

If you are involved with a voluntary or community group and would like to go along, or would like to receive email updates and information, please contact Liz Philpot at Bridlington Town Hall on 01482 395041 or liz.philpot@eastriding.gov.uk or Fiona Tuner at Ervas in Beverley on 01482 871077 or fiona@ervas.org.uk