Posted: Tuesday 17th July 2018
Hertfordshire County Council’s locality budget scheme has funded thousands of community projects since it was launched in 2009, supporting local good causes and making a real difference to people across Hertfordshire.
County councillors work closely with local communities to identify local issues and have £10,000 a year each to spend on worthwhile projects in their area. They welcome applications from across the local community.
The following grants have been made in recent weeks:
Cllr Tim Williams (Woodside Stanborough) has allocated £1,200 to SEPOINT Hertfordshire to fund workshops to raise awareness of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) to inspire pupils. SEPOINT Hertfordshire is an educational charity, which aims to encourage pupils aged between four and nineteen to consider careers in STEM. “This work helps enthuse children about STEM” says Cllr Williams.
Cllr Sharon Taylor (Bedwell) has allocated £1000 to Stevenage District Scouts to supply materials to build an outdoor Rifle Range. “This will add another skill/activity to the Stevenage District Scout Activity Centre, which hopefully will make the users want to keep coming back” says Cllr Taylor. “This also includes members of the local community and all of Stevenage young people”.
Cllr Fiona Guest (Hemel Hempstead North West) has allocated £820 to Dacorum Borough Council to supply, fit and take down Chistmas lights at Chaulden, Warners End and Gadebridge Neighbourhood Centre’s. These events will take place during November/December of this year which will “bring all ages of the local community together to celebrate the light switch on” says Cllr Guest.
Cllr Terry Hone (Letchworth South) has allocated £600 to Kings Community Church for equipment for a new Youth Group. “The youth of our community will have a safe place to escape their problems, where they can relax and make friends” says Cllr Hone. “Many of those already attending are vulnerable and have additional needs and difficult home lives.”
Cllr Asif Khan (North Watford) has allocated £500 to Watford Women’s Centre to raise awareness of Domestic Abuse support available in Watford. Cllr Khan says that “funding will pay for the Women's Centre Logo and service information to be included in the local awareness raising campaign”.
Cllr Sharon Taylor (Bedwell) has allocated £360 to Friends of Hampson Park, a group of dog walkers, to hire a Climbing Wall for an event that they are arranging in Hampson Park on August 15. The event, called Sport in the Park, is aimed to “introduce sports and activities that will encourage people to take up some of them”.
Cllr Judi Billing (£100), Cllr Terry Hone (£100), Cllr Derrick Ashley (£100) and Michael Muir (£50) have each allocated separate amounts to Garden City Samba. The funding raised will be put towards material, design and the production of dance costumes for workshops which the dance company is proposing to hold. “We have seen first-hand how belonging to the band has improved the quality of some members’ lives, helping them deal with difficult life circumstances such as personal loss and unemployment.”
If you are interested in finding funding for a local project, you can apply for a grant online here.