Community groups and parish councils encouraged to apply for Community Initiative Fund

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 2 October 2021

COMMUNITY GROUPS in Hinckley and the borough’s parishes are being encouraged to apply for their share of the Borough Council’s Parish Community Initiative Fund and Hinckley Community Initiative Fund.

This year (2021), £162,000 has been made available to help support community projects this year throughout the borough.

Grants are available for up to 50 per cent of the total project cost – and the grants can help to fund a wide array of projects, such as play areas, community building improvements, new pathways, heritage trails and sports facilities.

But, the Borough Council are giving ‘high priority’ to any schemes that can help improve the environment.

Grants for 2022 and 2023 will be provided on the following basis:

  • Projects must be within the borough of Hinckley and Bosworth
  • Maximum of £12,000 per project
  • Maximum of 50 per cent of total project costs funded
  • All works must be completed within the financial year
  • Projects must demonstrate that they meet the council’s corporate aims and that they are of community benefit

Coun. Martin Wright, the Borough Council’s Executive Member for Rural Communities and Environment, has stated that he would like to see the grants ‘spread as wide as possible’, with a ‘special’ emphasis on smaller organisations and parish councils.

Councillor Wright further added that any project with a focus on climate impact reduction, or helps towards being carbon neutral by 2030, will have extra points awarded in the overall scoring process.

He said: “As in previous years I would like to see these grants spread as wide as possible, with special emphasis on the smaller organisations as well as parish councils.

“As the council has declared a climate emergency any project with a focus on climate impact reduction or help towards being carbon neutral by 2030 will have extra points awarded in the overall scoring process.

“I would urge your group or parish council to apply. Good luck.”

Coun. Scott Gibbens (Lib Dem, Hinckley De Montfort), Chair of the Hinckley Area Committee, welcomed the initiative, explaining that he is ‘delighted’ the council have been able to continue with the funding.

Councillor Gibbens, said: “I am delighted the council has once again been able to continue with this funding and look forward to it continuing to have a positive impact on the development of community-based projects in the Hinckley area.

“Local groups – please apply.”

Further information about the scheme and how to register can be found here.

A link to the online application will automatically be sent to parish and town councils. 

Applications are open until 7 January 2022.

 For more information, please contact the Green Spaces Team on 01455 255707 or email GreenSpaces@hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk.

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