Council awards £14,000 to local community projects

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Eden District Council Cabinet has approved the recommendation of its Community Fund Partnership Committee to award grants totaling £14,000 to community projects in the district.

The Armathwaite Old School Hall is set to receive £10,000 for the £33,600 of its Phase 2 refurbishment and Wetheriggs United Football Club has received £4,000 for the £9,780 cost of the kitchen fixture refurbishment.

The Community Fund is Eden District Council’s community grant scheme and was established in 2013/2014 to support and develop community initiatives within Eden District.

The partnership panel, which is chaired by Communities Portfolio Holder, Cllr. Lissie Sharp, includes representatives from Action with Communities in Cumbria, Penrith Action for Community Transition as well as individual community representatives.

Of the three claims reviewed, Armathwaite Old School Hall and Wetheriggs United Football Club were recommended to receive the full amount requested. The third application was deferred to the next funding round as the panel requested more information before committing to part-funding the project.

Eden District Council Communities Portfolio Holder, Cllr. Lissie Sharp said:

“It is a real pleasure to chair the Eden District Council Community Fund Partnership Panel. This is one of the most rewarding parts of being the portfolio holder for communities.

“Eden District Council is committed to providing assistance and support to grassroots community groups; the hard work and dedication of individuals and community groups is immense, the projects and events through Eden that we fund have such a positive impact and real difference in people’s lives.

“I am delighted that we are able to provide this fund to be able to support projects like Armathwaite Old School Hall and Wetheriggs United Football Club.”

The Council’s Community Fund Partnership Committee welcomes applications for grants of between £200 and £10,000 from community and voluntary groups, town and parish councils, charities and businesses social, to carry out projects that benefit the communities of the Eden district.

The deadline for the next round of funding is January 7, 2022.

More details, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, are available at www.eden.gov.uk/edencommunityfund

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