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Community Grants To Help Stratford Groups

Community projects across south Warwickshire have benefited won over 30,000 from the National Lottery.

Over 32,300 has been distributed in the funding programme 'Awards for All.'

This is the fifth round of grants that has been awarded within the Stratford-on-Avon District, bringing the total to over 126,800.

Awards for All is aimed at helping groups which involve local communities, or which bring people together to enjoy arts, charities, sports and heritage.

Projects that celebrate the millennium are also included.

The emphasis is on projects where a small sum of money can have a big impact.

Grants of between 500 and 5,000 are available to help groups work better, to involve more people and to create a lasting benefit for communities.

The latest round of grants includes:

4,424 to Brailes Village Hall & Playing Field to enhance facilities at the play area. The grant will pay for outdoor play equipment.

2,741 to Combrook Village Hall to enable increased participation in community activities with a new marquee, storage shed, advertising, furniture and other sundry items.

4,500 to Council for Voluntary Service & Volunteer Bureaux, Stratford, to provide a sessional worker to offer 50 children in the Stratford-on-Avon District with 15 hours of support as part of ILEAP (Inclusive Leisure Education Activities Project).

1,200 to Fenny Compton Short Mat Bowls Club to provide bowls equipment.

950 to Haselor Amenities Committee for a project to compile a photographic record of the buildings in the parish to show how much the area has changed as it reaches the year 2000.

4,737 to Knightcote Children's Play Area Trust, Stratford, to establish a play area.

1,155 to Stour Valley Brach of the Embroiderers' Guild to provide display equipment for an embroidery group providing workshops and teaching.

3,776 to Stourton & Cherington Playing Fields Association to pay for grounds improvements.

3,335 to Stratford Basketball Club for start up costs, venue hire, membership fees and coaching camps to establish the club and provide equipment and coaching opportunities for young people.

1,316 to Ullenhall Village Hall for replacement windows.

4,187 to Welford-on-Avon Millennium Action Team for completion of a project to renovate an area of land which has been neglected for many years. The grant will make a contribution towards the cost of improving and rehabilitating a specified natural environment area.

Any local community groups in south Warwickshire who would like to apply for a grant should contact Lucy Grove at Stratford-on-Avon District Council on 01789 260694. The Awards for All scheme will remain open until June 2000.
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