East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Active Towns project is aimed at encouraging and supporting communities and residents to be more physically, mentally, and socially active in the four towns. The project is working closely in the community with residents, local clubs, groups and organisations to expand community resources and increase the number of wellbeing activities for local residents.
Launched as part of the project, the Active Towns Community Grant enables voluntary community groups, charities and individuals to develop strong governance and restart following on from lockdown. The grants are to help set up or restart new activities to support physical, mental and social wellbeing.
The amount available to local groups and residents depends on whether the group is constituted (has a management committee, bank account and constitution). For un-constituted community groups and residents, up to a maximum of £200 can be applied for. If a group subsequently becomes constituted, the group can then apply for an additional £1,800. For constituted community groups and registered charities, up to a maximum of £2,000 can be applied for.
The grant is designed to enable people to engage in activities that support their physical and mental health and encourage people to be socially active within their communities. The grant could be used by an existing community group to get up and running again once COVID-19 restrictions allow or could be used to develop new activities which adults and young people have never engaged in before. Over 40 Community Grants have been given out so far to the four Active Towns.
Round 3 of the funding closes on Friday, 17 December. Successful grants will be notified within a week (seven days) of the closing dates. All successful grant allocations will need to be spent by 31 March, 2022.
As an example of grant funding in action, an Active Towns Community Grant of £1,000 enabled Goole Youth Action to print and circulate 5,000 copies of a Summer Activity Booklet, which provided young people with over 250 hours of free activities in the town over the six weeks of the summer school holidays. Highlights of the summer included two youth festivals held at West Park and South Park, attracting jointly over 300 young people, and offering five weeks of activities in Goole via the Council’s Holiday Activity Fund scheme.
Councillor David Elvidge, portfolio holder for community involvement and the voluntary sector, said : “I would encourage local voluntary groups and organisations in the four Active Towns to research and apply for these Active Towns Community Grants, and we look forward to receiving a wide range of applications.”
· For more information about grants and applications, visit www.activetowns.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.