Several Wiltshire community initiatives took one step closer to becoming a reality following a £100,000 funding boost from the Hills Group.
Mike Hill, chief executive of the Hills Group Limited presented the cheque to Gillian Barber (retiring) grants manager (pictured right) and Rebecca Lemont-Jiggens, (incoming) grants manager for Community First at Hills’ head office in Marlborough. The grant brings the total funding that Hills has provided to Community First over the past twelve months to £220,000.
Gillian Barber, said, “This grant will enable a significant number of initiatives to come to fruition, benefitting a large number of people across the county.“
The funds are generated from the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) and distributed by Community First to community and environmental improvement projects throughout Wiltshire. Projects which have benefitted from funding from the Hills Group in the past year include
· Children’s play area, Chapmanslade (£8,100)
· Community garden at Cricklade (£16,000)
· Sports hall refurbishment, Wootten Bassett (£8,000)
· Coronation Hall refurbishment, East Grafton (£9,750)
· Purton village centre improvements (£23,000)
· Colerne Recreation Ground, Colerne (£12,000)
· Lawn Park Ice House and Heritage Trail, Swindon (£10,000)
· Wanborough Village Hall roof replacement (£15,000)
· Holy Cross Church improvements, Hankerton (£14,000)
· Broad Hinton Village Hall furnishing (£15,000)
The LCF was introduced by the government in 1996 and allows landfill site operators to work in partnership with registered environmental bodies such as Community First to improve the lives of communities living near landfill sites by providing funding for community projects.