Nearly £25,000 awarded to support South Cambridgeshire communities

26 May 2017

Twenty-nine community groups are celebrating after being awarded a share of £24,735 to support local clubs and projects.

The money awarded from South Cambridgeshire District Council's community chest scheme has scored well with Whittlesford Warriors Football Club who received £1,000 towards new goal posts.

Bar Hill’s community pre-school also swung in to a £1,000 windfall to replace a surface for their play equipment. This will allow them to extend their climbing frame.

Further funding was awarded to Waterbeach Toddler Group to help create an outdoor play space in their new premises and to Barton Bowls Club towards the purchase of new equipment to aid the Club’s expansion. Money also helped Linton Cricket Club to buy new safety helmets and Great Chishill Windmill Trust to repair and paint the trestle of Great Chishill windmill (see full list of the recent grants awarded below).

Almost £30,000 more is still up for grabs this financial year for voluntary and community groups, charities and parish councils working towards improving the quality of village life for local people. Grants of up to £1,000 are available for:

  • Improvements to community facilities
  • Repairs to historic buildings/monuments/memorials
  • Tree and hedge planting schemes
  • Equipment and materials
  • Start-up costs

Cllr Simon Edwards, portfolio holder with responsibility for community grants at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “These grants are becoming increasingly popular and we are thrilled with the quality, quantity and variety of applications coming through. We appreciate that voluntary and community groups are finding it harder than ever to secure the funding they need to get projects off the ground and we are pleased to be able to do our bit to support the excellent work they do to deliver services to our residents.

“With demand so high, there is no doubt that the funding will run out soon so, if you need help with a particular project, I urge you to apply straightaway. Grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis."

A spokesperson for Bar Hill Pre School committee said: “We pride ourselves on offering an outstanding and stimulating outdoor environment for our children to learn and explore in. We are always wanting to update our facilities so we are grateful to South Cambridgeshire District Council for their allocation of a grant to us. The new permanent play surface will allow children to climb higher and have a softer surface for landing on. Not only that, staff will no longer have to constantly sweep the loose chippings away, instead be able to play more with the children. With constant pressures on finances, we would not have been able to fund this project ourselves.”

Grant applications are accepted at any time and can completely or partially cover the costs of a project, equipment or work. For application forms and full details about the fund, plus guidance on eligibility, visit www.scambs.gov.uk/communitychest

Full list of grants awarded in May 2017:

Applicant

Project description

Grant

Steeple Morden Bowls Club

Replacement windows and fire escape doors.

£1,000

Bottisham Swimming Club

Starting blocks.

£1,000

Mother Goose Pre-School

Installation of a new climbing frame

£1,000

Bar Hill Pre-School

Replacement safety surface for play area

£1,000

Barton Bowls Club

Equipment to aid expansion Club’s expansion, specifically   aimed at recruiting young members

£1,000

Coton Village Hall

Replacement of old chairs for the village hall

£1,000

Waterbeach Toddler Group

Creation of outdoor play space in new premises

£1,000

Dry Drayton School & Village Association

Purchase of shed to store 2 marquees + mountain bikes owned   by the village association

£1,000

Fen Drayton Village Hall

New sign to promote the village hall

£648

Cambridge Open Art Exhibition

Replacement exhibition boards and hanging equipment

£1,000

Grantchester Cricket Club

Roll-on covers

£1,000

Hale Road Allotment & Gardening

Purchase & spreading of road planings   to improve the carpark surface

£384

Arthur Rank Hospice

Equipment for a gardening project

£900

Linton Action for Youth

Repair of roof at drop-in centre which facilitates youth   work

£400

Comberton Baptist Church

Games consoles to help create attractive youth club that   can be used as a regular meeting place

£516.73

Great Chishill Windmill Trust

Repair/painting of trestle Gt Chishill   Windmill

£1,000

Linton Cricket Club

New safety helmets

£956.25

Avenelles Way OAP group

Chest freezer for the lunch club

£375

Cambridge St Giles Cricket Club

Installation of showers in the pavilion.

£1,000

Whittlesford Warriors Football Club

New goal posts following pitch expansion

£1,000

Cambridge Past, Present & Future

Lawnmower and accessories

£959.36

Croydon Reading Room

Installation of Eco lighting

£1,000

Friends of Girton Glebe

Hall and screen projector

£1,000

Flambards Residents Association

Trees for communal green space in Meldreth

£840.50

Pampisford Village Hall

Replacement fencing at the Village Hall

£330

Swavesey Parish Council

Two Gazebos for community use

£425

Barrington Parish Council

Upgrade of footpath to riverside meadows

£1,000

Little Shelford Parish Council

Renovation of The Lt Shelford Wale playground

£1,000

Granchester Parish Council

Outdoor table tennis table

£1,000