Epping Forest District Council has awarded 13 community and voluntary groups with Community Grant Funding totalling over £37,000 in 2022-23.
Community Grant Aid event
A Community Grant Aid event took place on Friday 3 March to celebrate the work of the organisations that have reviewed funding through the Community Grant Aid Scheme between 2022-2023.
The Community Grant fund has granted £323,830 since April 2022 benefiting over 10,000 residents from the projects that have been funded.
£37,148.65 was awarded to 13 community groups including:
- Epping Forest Citizens Advice
- Voluntary Action Epping Forest
- Epping Forest Community Transport
- Waltham Abbey Youth 2000 (WAY2000)
- Loughton Voluntary Care
- Redbridge Samaritans
- Epping Forest Foodbank
- Ongar and Villages Voluntary Care
- Hanover Elders Community Forum
- Chabad Lubavitch of Epping
- Debden Sports Club
- Epping Sports Club
- Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Learning
- Nazeing Common Cricket Club
- Epping Primary School PTA
- Ongar Town Festival Steering Group
In addition £208,460 was also granted to support community infrastructure groups, community transport and advice services.
Lambourne End Centre
Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Learning received £5,000 grant to help refurbish the swimming pool and provide graduated steps with a rail to allow those with limited mobility to enter independently at their own pace.
Ongar Town Festival Steering Group
Ongar Town Festival Steering Group received £2,000 for the infrastructure of the 2023 Ongar Town Festival. Ongar Town Festival is a community day out for all to enjoy and an opportunity for the community to support local businesses.
Improving the health and wellbeing of residents
Councillor Mary Sartin, Chairman of the Council said:
Many thanks to the organisations that received grants to help continue the excellent work they do for the health and wellbeing of our residents. Epping Forest District Council takes great pride in being able to support the work of the voluntary and community sector.
Supporting our local communities
Councillor Les Burrows, Reviews & Efficiency Portfolio Holder said:
I am delighted to have been able to approve Grant Aid applications this year totalling over £383,000. This event was a great way of celebrating the Community Grant Aid scheme and the organisations it has supported.
The district’s third sector organisations, sports clubs and social groups continue to support our communities through physical activity, teaching new skills, or providing social settings to tackle loneliness and isolation, the grants that the Council awards helps to build this provision.
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