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Town and rural groups net lottery thousands

Community projects across south Warwickshire have been awarded almost 36,000 in the sixth round of the Lottery funding programme 'Millennium Festival Awards For All.'  

This sixth round of grants brings the total within the Stratford-on-Avon District to more than 162,700.

Millennium Festival Awards For All is particularly aimed at helping fund groups which involve local communities, or which bring people together to enjoy arts, charities, sports and heritage, as well as projects that celebrate the millennium. 

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 current Millennium Festival Awards for All scheme closed on Friday, with a new replacement scheme being launched this month.

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 grants totalling 36,020 that have been awarded in this sixth round in the Stratford-on-Avon District are:

678 to Henley-in-Arden Women's Institute for a project to support the creation of a wall hanging depicting a range of community activities for local residents in the Year 2000. The grant will pay for materials, blacksmith and tutor fees, publicity and photographic record;

3,421 to Harbury Tennis Club for a project to enhance facilities available at this club by providing equipment and coaching which will facilitate the introduction of Short Tennis to the Club. The grant will pay for tennis equipment, coach education and coaching courses;

2,712 to Stratford-upon-Avon Amateur Swimming Club for a project to replace existing equipment and improve publicity materials. The grant will pay for life saving equipment, development of a website and leaflet pack and 10 instructors courses;

1,970 to Stretton Youth Group for a project to improve the facilities for the members of this rural youth group through the provision of sports equipment. The grant will pay for a range of sports equipment;

2,840 to Tysoe Tennis Club for a project to provide additional facilities for this club, to enable wider participation in their professional coaching scheme for young people. The grant will pay for tennis equipment;

3,260 to South Warwickshire Association for Disability Sports for a project to provide equipment and activities to develop sports opportunities for disabled people in the Stratford District. The grant will pay for event expenses, training, volunteer fees and sports equipment;

5,000 to Community Art in Action for a project to provide staff costs and materials to enable this new group to provide accessible, artistic and educational opportunities for individuals and groups in the community. The grant will contribute towards staff costs and materials;

1,992 to the First Stratford-upon-Avon Scouts for a project to improve the camping equipment of this scout group. The grant will pay for a mess tent and ground sheet, tables and chairs and safety equipment for Kayaks;

4,147 to Fenny Compton Village Hall for a project to provide a Millennium Fun Day with a mix of activities for the local community of Fenny Compton, Warwickshire. The grant will pay for exhibition costs and equipment;

1,845 to Newbold Sea Scout Group for a project to purchase a sailboat to enable young people to acquire sailing skills. The grant will pay for a topper sailboat;

875 to Tiddington & Alveston Youth Club for a project to provide additional sports and recreational activities for young people attending this youth club. The grant will pay for table tennis equipment, a karaoke machine and four outings;

2,280 to Tysoe Pre-School for a project to set up a summer play scheme for children in the rural area of Tysoe, Warwickshire. The grant will pay for craft materials, outings and salaries for the co-ordinator and staff.

5,000 to Weston and Welford on Avon Memorial Hall to contribute to a project to erect a storeroom to improve storage facilities.

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