Thousands of pounds from Brentwood Community Fund to be presented to worthwhile groups

PUBLISHED: 12:02 17 December 2018

Funding will be given to 12 organisations from the Brentwood Community Fund. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/PA Images

Funding will be given to 12 organisations from the Brentwood Community Fund. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/PA Images

Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/PA Images

More than £16,000 in total will be awarded to 12 community organisations that successfully applied for funding.

At Brentwood Borough Council’s community, health and housing committee meeting on December 4, members agreed to support 12 of the 28 groups that submitted an application.

This year, the Brentwood Community Fund received applications requesting more than £50,000 to support local initiatives.

The fund, which was set up to help with causes and projects that improve the quality of life for people in Brentwood, had £16,300 available.

Applicants could apply for grants of up to £2,000 for projects and initiatives that benefit Brentwood communities.

These projects must be delivered in the Borough by the end of 2019 and should demonstrate volunteer or community involvement.

A total of 28 organisations applied to this year’s community rund requesting grants totalling £50,264.96.

Chairman of the community, health and housing committee Councillor Chris Hossack said: “It’s always good to see the community putting forward such as broad range of initiatives that support the wider community.

“It is always unfortunate that we are unable to support them all, but for those who were unsuccessful, we are offering feedback on their application and helping them see if they are eligible for funding from elsewhere.”

These organisations have been recommended for funding:

1st Warley Scout Group – funding towards community training space

Essex Cares Ltd – Accessible gym equipment at the Walter Boyce Wellbeing Hub

Manna Meals - Three freezers and packing materials to donate to Churches and community centres such as foodbanks so that they provide free homemade meals to those most in need

Hutton and Shenfield Union Church – Support a monthly free playgroup for dads, grandads, babies and pre-school children – aimed at single dads and those dads at work during the week

Brentwood Community Print - promotion of the Community Tree project to increase awareness of organisations in Brentwood that can provide Mental Health support services in Brentwood

Brentwood Leisure Trust - support for a pilot programme that encourage young people with disabilities to join adapted fitness sessions

Brentwood Swimming Club – funding towards new starting blocks so that they meet competition standard kit.

Navestock Village Hall - Funding to replace turf so that the outside space can be used by groups all year round

Brentwood Orchestra’s for Young Musicians - Funding to support one day music festival for young people including workshops for those that have never played a musical instrument or those that want to try something else.

St Peter’s Church, Hutton – Support development of a pop-up café every Tuesday throughout 2019 to combat social isolation and those in need.

Lighthouse Furniture Project – Electrical recycling scheme to reduce the amount of electricals that end up in landfill

Herongate Community Garden - Funding to support stage 2 of the community garden development, a fruit growing areas, pond and water storage system.

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