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Funding help for rural communities

Four rural community projects in Erewash have been awarded a shared funding payout of nearly £32,500 as part of Erewash Borough Council’s Rural Community Grants Scheme.

Councillors at a meeting of the Council Executive approved the grants, the third round of payouts since the scheme was launched in October 2015.

The council – which invested £250,000 in total for the scheme to run over four years until 2019 – wants to provide funding support for projects that help residents living in the borough’s rural communities. Voluntary and community organisations are encouraged to apply for a grant and to work with their local Parish Council to get them to endorse and to apply for support on their behalf.

The green light is expected to be given next week for the following grants:

• £9,744 to Draycott for the installation of ramps for a mini BMX track and linking pathway at the Millennium Green for older children and teenagers to encourage young people to be active.
• £2,600 to Little Eaton for help towards a new stone wall to enhance the planting scheme at Croft Corner community green space.
• £10,000 to West Hallam towards an extension to the village’s Cricket Club pavilion to enhance the facilities.
• £10,000 to Stanley and Stanley Common towards a £31,695 fundraising drive to install a kitchenette, hand and pot washing facilities and an accessible toilet and baby changing area within St Andrew’s Church vestry.

Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:

“We value the work done by Parish Councils in our borough as well as the local groups within those communities – and we are particularly grateful for their hard work during what are financially challenging times. To show our support we are delighted to be running this Rural Grants Scheme, the major investment we have set aside for it is a clear demonstration of our on-going commitment to the parish areas and those who live there.”

Councillors also ‘supported in principle’ an application for £25,000 from Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust supported by Sandiacre Parish Council towards a £55,000 project to restore the lock adjacent to Lock Lane. There are insufficient funds left in the 2016/17 round of grants and the application will go forward to the 2017/18 round for consideration.

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