Over £25,000 in grants awarded to the South of the Borough
Fifteen community projects in the south of the borough will hit the ground running thanks to £25,380 in grants awarded as part of Kingston Council’s ‘Your Money You Decide’ Scheme.
The scheme gave local groups the opportunity to bid for funding for community projects, which were then voted on by residents. The South of the Borough Neighbourhood Committee endorsed the results on Thursday 8 October.
Cllr Rachel Reid, Chair of the South of the Borough Neighbourhood Committee, said:
“The 'Your Money You Decide' scheme, now in its fourth year, means that 15 worthy causes and projects now have the money they need. This includes money to support families affected by autism, an anti knife crime project and even money for boots and uniforms for a marching band, plus much more.
“Your Money, You Decide means that the resident can make decisions about which projects and organisations get the cash they need.”
Your Money, You Decide
Your Money, You Decide is grant giving programme for the South of the Borough Neighbourhood. Residents in South of the Borough were given the decision on how £30,000 was distributed to community projects in their area.
The project allowed residents to vote on which schemes should be funded, but could only vote for projects that benefitted the ward they live in.
Any community or voluntary group, club, residents association or Council department could put forward a scheme or idea that they would like funding for.
In order to be eligible for the funding, groups must have met the following criteria:
- It had to be a group (not an individual) with a bank account
- The project must be legal and have all the necessary permissions and approvals
- It must be for the benefit of the residents in the relevant ward
- Groups could bid for as much (up to £2,000) or as little of the funding they required
- Money awarded must be spent before 31 March 2016.