Community Chest grants take centre stage at the Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network meeting

Local community groups came together at the recent Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network meeting to celebrate Community Chest grants awarded over the past year.

Each Cornwall Councillor has a grant fund of £2,000 to help projects run by voluntary and community groups in their area.  Grants range from £100 to £1,000 and can be used for groups and activities to support children, young people, older people, community facilities, local environment projects and community safety projects.

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Last year in the Wadebridge and Padstow area, 23 Cornwall Councillor Community Chest grants were made to projects including a community prescription delivery service, surf life saving skills for children, a folk festival, sports projects, Christmas lights and more.  Some of the groups that received grants came to the community network meeting to share their stories of how the funds are benefiting their areas.

Tina Robinson from Polzeath Marine Conservation Group said: “Polzeath Marine Conservation Group have worked hard for the last 18 months to install the first drinking water refill point on our beach. We received funds from Postcode Local Trust and Sea Changers, these funds were invaluable. However, once Carol Mould got involved and we received a grant from Cornwall Council's Community Chest then the support from local groups was tremendous, with one local charity even contacting us offering us funds. This grant made all the difference by attracting local support. With all the funds we were able to complete our project and indeed enabled the Group to expand the project and install another refill station in nearby Rock. This is in progress at the present time.”

St Tudy Playing Field Trust Fundraiser Sue Handford said: “The Community Chest grant awarded last year enabled us to pay for a quantity surveyors report. This report provided a complete cost breakdown of a visionary community sport hub for St Tudy and our surrounding area. We have been able to use this information to prepare tenders and to start to apply for funding. Now we finally have planning permission we can really get going on this £750k project.  This grant really emphasises the commitment of our Councillor, Stephen Rushworth, and the Council to support our community even in the days of tight financial constraints.

Cornwall Councillor Karen McHugh, Chair of Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel, said: “Local community groups can accomplish great things, and it was inspiring to hear about the projects the different groups are involved with.  Often a Community Chest grant can make all the difference in getting a project off the ground or attracting match funding from other sources.  It’s surprising how a little bit of money and extra awareness can kick start a great project.  Community groups that are interested in applying for a grant should contact their local Cornwall councillor.”

Story posted 3 July 2018