Grant scheme launched for ‘valuable’ small groups in Lancashire

‘Valuable’ community groups in Lancashire are to benefit from a newly launched grant scheme.

The Local Member Grants Scheme aims to help voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS) groups by funding their beneficial projects.

Lancashire County Council outlines projects can be anything from ‘gardening workshops and knit and natter sessions, to football activities to help young people stay active.’

Funding is hoped to provide equipment, materials, outings and accessibility improvements so that the groups can continue their work.

Josh Mynott, Democratic and Member Services Manager for the council, praised these groups and said: “They’re unsung heroes. They are in our community centres, churches and mosques. Just out there doing these really good things.

“We know a small investment in those groups makes a real difference because these are the groups that are really on the ground.”

Any funded projects need to work alongside the corporate priorities of the council, in particular ‘caring for the vulnerable’ and ‘protecting the environment’.

Mr Mynott added: “We should be caring for the people in our society who are most vulnerable, so this scheme should help that.

“And protecting our environment, we know how critical that is across the board. This scheme is perhaps a fairly small way, but a significant way of supporting those priorities.”

The council will give £500 to each county councillor to cover January to March 2022, then an annual £2000 from April.

The minimum grant is £100, but the money cannot be spent on religious or political activity, research or ‘core funding’ such as staffing.

Each application will be considered by the relevant local councillor as they know their communities and where the money will be best used.

Larger charities are not excluded from the grant, despite it being aimed at smaller VCFS groups.

Visit Lancashire County Council’s website to apply for a grant https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/council/grants/local-member-grants-scheme/