COMMUNITY organisations are being urged to bid for a share of a £1million pot.
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s Coalfields Community Grants fund has been developed to make grants of up £10,000 to community groups, social enterprises and activities.
Andy Lock, head of social investment, said: “This new million pound fund recognises the important role community organisations play in creating opportunities for people in challenging times.
“We know funding remains a big issue for many organisations and they need additional support to enable them to continue which is why we have increased our grant offer from £5,000 to £10,000. As an organisation we are here to make a significant, valuable and sustainable difference to the coalfields and we know that in supporting the communities to help themselves with these grants, we can make a lasting impression and create a legacy of success.”
The grants programme was launched in 2011 and has directly benefitted more than 199,000 people across the coalfield area,
Grants have been used to safeguard 908 jobs, support 2,877 people into work, assist 17,186 people with skills development and create 10,295 new volunteer roles.
In addition thousands more have gained essential qualifications.