The time for community groups and organisations to apply for the latest round of grants from Swindon Borough Council is running out, and they are being reminded to get applications for funding in as soon as possible.
The council gives £150,000 a year to community organisations across the borough, with 43 given money so far since April.
The next funding application deadline is 1 September. A further round of funding will be available after September, with a closing date of 5 January 2013.
Council grants come in three forms:
Grassroots Grants, which can be up to £1000 and can be used to help support events or projects in Swindon;
Administration Grants, which can be up to £500 and used for things such as helping small groups with their running expenses and printing newsletters;
Community Grants, which from September 1st will be called Neighbourhood Grants, come in three forms and can be for sums of up to £500, £1000 or over £1500, and must be match-funded by applicants. The funding for these has been allocated to the council’s seven locality areas and councillors within those areas will consider and approve applications.
Cllr David Renard, Swindon Borough Council Deputy Leader, said: "I am really grateful to all the people across Swindon who give their time and talents to help other people, and our grants are there to provide much needed support to community groups.
“We have devolved the funding to Ward Councillors for Neighbourhood Grants to help them support local groups and to encourage closer working between those groups and the council."
Further information on the grants and the eligibility criteria, along with application forms, are available on the council’s website www.swindon.gov.uk and then by clicking on ‘community and living’, or by ringing Alison Chamberlain on (01793) 466301.