Funding boost to 11 groups in Hartlepool

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GRANT funding worth a total of £148,000 has been handed out by council chiefs.

A total of 11 Hartlepool organisations have been awarded grants of between £9,000 and the maximum of £15,000 from Hartlepool Borough Council’s community pool.

Hartlepool Peoples Centre, which was established in 1983 and will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, was awarded £15,000.

The community centre was set up to provide the community with a base for educational and recreational classes.

The Wharton Trust, which was awarded £10,000, supports people to access employment and training opportunities and aims to promote healthier lifestyles.

Meanwhile, the Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation runs a course every Wednesday morning at Hartlepool United’s base in Clarence Road to people under the age of 18.

The foundation - which has been awarded £15,000 - also runs a computer course for anyone who has been or is affected by drug and alcohol dependency on a Tuesday afternoon at Lifeline Centre, in Grange Road.

Epilepsy Outlook, in York Road, has been awarded £9,459 towards their work to support those with epilepsy of their carers.

Hartlepool Bereavement Service has been granted £15,000 while Hart Gables, which provides support and guidance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, was granted £14,276.

Peoples Relief of Pressure (PROP), which provides a drop in service seven days a week, was granted £10,000, youth service ADDvance awarded £14,662 and Hartlepool Access Group £15,000.

The Salaam Community Centre, in Murray Street, has been awarded £15,000 and the youth organisation West View Project a total of £14,690.

The council’s cabinet committee, chaired by Mayor Stuart Drummond, approved the community pool grants.

Denise Ogden, the director of regeneration and neighbourhoods, said: “Twenty applications were received totalling £263,072, an over-subscription of £113,072.

“As in the previous year, demand for these grants is high and given the levels of funding available disappointment to some interested parties would be unavoidable.”

Officers said they’d carried out a “thorough assessment” process and applications were then scored.

Mayor Drummond asked officers to ensure feedback was given to those unsuccessful groups who had also applied.