Published: Monday, 16 October 2023
Community groups and charitable organisations in Oadby & Wigston are being invited to apply for £30,000 of funding being made available in the borough.
Oadby & Wigston Borough Council’s (OWBC) new fund will give any not-for-profit groups the opportunity to bid for a share of the money to invest into projects that benefit the wider community.
The fund is designed to boost funds for groups that are undertaking a project that supports one of five priority areas:
- Mental health
- The older generation
- Cost of living
- Young people.
Groups and organisations potentially eligible for a grant includes:
- Constituted voluntary and community groups.
- Community Interest Companies (CICs)
- Uniformed groups (e.g. Scouts, Guides, Cubs, Brownies, Beavers, Rainbows etc.)
- Parent Teacher Associations.
The funding available in different areas of the borough varies with £15,000 allocated to South Wigston, £10,000 to Wigston and £5,000 to Oadby. The breakdown is influenced by the deprivation score of each area, a nationally generated statistic which looks at factors including income, employment, education, health and crime.
The grant scheme is funded in full by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKPSF).
Applications will be assessed monthly and the scheme will close when all money has been allocated and no later than 31 December.
Cllr Lee Bentley, Deputy Leader of OWBC, said: “Community groups are doing wonderful work in Oadby & Wigston, and our UKSPF funding gives us the opportunity to offer further financial support for the important role they are playing.
“The scheme is deliberately broad and incorporates a number of priority areas, giving maximum opportunity to the groups that might wish to apply.
“Groups should head to our website to find out more about the scheme and the criteria they need to meet to access this funding.”
Anyone looking for more information and to apply should visit www.investow.co.uk/community-grant-scheme