Grant money up for grabs

Peter Gowland
Peter Gowland

COMMUNITY groups struggling for money are being urged to take advantage of a new pot of cash.

Community First is a new government initiative which aims to give funding to some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country.

The Stranton ward, in Hartlepool, is one of the selected areas and a new panel known as Stranton Volunteers has been established.

The idea is for small community groups in that area of town to submit bids towards funding a service, equipment or trips out.

Stranton Volunteers have £5,000 to dish out between now and the end of March.

For each of the next three years, the panel will be given about £8,500 to distribute to worthy causes.

In total Stranton Volunteers will hand out around £30,000 over the three-year period.

The scheme is being overseen by the Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency (HVDA).

Peter Gowland, project director at HVDA, said: “This is funding aimed at community groups who are struggling to access grant funding.

“This is a nice source of money and will help people within those communities.

“Groups will find funding at this particularly time especially welcome.”

Any community groups interested in the scheme, or for more information about applying, call the HVDA on (01429) 262641.