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Free workshop on community grants

Grants are now available for projects focused on tackling East Herts Council's health and wellbeing priorities for this year.

 The council's four key priorities are:

·         Healthy living

·         Income deprivation

·         Infrastructure

·         Increasing access to sport and culture for children and young people.

Up to £8,000 is available for improvements to buildings and open spaces. Up to £3,000 is available for other projects such as "Men in Sheds" - community spaces for men to meet and socialise, or arts/sports reminiscence projects, provided they run for six weeks or longer and will clearly result in positive changes to behaviour. 

World War 1

There's also a special theme for this year of community events to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.  Events may be small, friendly gatherings of members of a special interest group or community-wide event involving many different organisations - both building a sense of wellbeing, belonging, friendship and reminiscence. 

The maximum grant for a one-off event or activity is £500.

The council encourages joint applications from groups with similar aims.

Great time

Grove Cottage, the home of Bishop's Stortford Mencap, received £3,000 towards the running of their Saturday Club. Fundraising manager Rosie Wren said: "Our members have a great time at our Saturday clubs, making friends, having fun and trying out new activities which enhance their skills and potential. This club also provides vital respite to parents and carers who need it most.

"The funding from East Herts Council has been fundamental in allowing these clubs to continue running and we are so grateful for their ongoing support of our work."

The next funding round opens on August 20 and closes on October 15. To find out more and to apply visit www.eastherts.gov.uk/index.jsp?articleid=

Free advice workshop 

If your group is considering applying for a grant, the council recommends that you attend a free workshop, aimed at registered charities and voluntary/community organisations. You'll find out more about the council's grants priorities and what is required in order to have a successful bid. The workshop is on Monday, Sep 10, 7pm to 8.30pm at the Hertford offices. To book go to http://ow.ly/Dwj230lkPfp

Energizing

After the last workshop people said: 

  • "Energizing - gave me ideas to get something going."
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  • "Overall very good.  Gave me focus on direction of any bids."
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  • "Came with a playground project but also went away with valuable ideas about what works in loneliness/exclusion of older people, which has been raised as an issue in our village."
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  • "A great stimulus for encouraging community projects - lots of ideas which we can use in our initial plan."