County Council Locality budget scheme hits the 10,000 mark

Published: 06 Aug 2018

Hertfordshire County Council’s locality budget scheme was launched in 2009 and over the last nine years has funded numerous community projects, making a real difference to people across Hertfordshire.

The 10,000th funding award has now been allocated. County Councillor Dave Hewitt (Cheshunt Central division) has just allocated £250 to the Volunteer Centre Broxbourne and East Herts to help them promote volunteering.

Each county councillor gets £10,000 a year to spend on local projects that promote the social, economic or environmental wellbeing of their local area. They work closely with local communities to identify local issues.

Some examples, over the years, of funding allocations have included:

• £1,500 to Flamstead Village Hall for a new combi heating boiler to enable more people to use the village hall. 

• £5,000 was allocated to help set up the Stevenage Community Food Bank to provide a safety net for residents who found themselves in sudden financial crisis.

• £500 was allocated to the Hertfordshire Warriors basketball team to help them provide coaching and holiday camps for children and young people.

• £1,200 was allocated to Batford Memorial Hall to enable them to purchase some new tables.

• £200 was allocated to Lemarie Children’s Centre in St Albans Road, Watford, for the purchase of safety flooring.

• £500 was allocated to Buntingford Cougars Youth Football Club to enable them to buy a defibrillator for their ground.

• £600 was allocated to Broxbourne & Hoddesdon Squadron Air Training Corps towards the purchase of two new snare drums for their marching band.

• £175 was allocated to the Three Rivers Museum Trust to buy tithe maps covering areas of Abbotts Langley, Sarratt, Watford, Kings Langley and Rickmansworth.

• £3,500 was allocated to Welwyn Garden City's Barn Theatre for the refurbishment of the auditorium.

• £370 was allocated to Royston in Bloom for the preparation of hanging baskets for their summer flower display.

Terry Douris, Executive Member for Education, Libraries and Localism, said: “The locality budget scheme allows individual county councillors to help organisations and groups in their divisions who need a bit of a financial boost to carry on making a difference to local people’s lives. Over the last nine years over £6m has been distributed with the average grant being just over £600.

"In many cases, the locality budget grant can be enough to get local projects started on the road to becoming self-sustaining.

“This is a fantastic example of real localism at work. Local people know what’s important to their communities and they can call on their local county councillor to support them with a grant. The fact that we have now reached an impressive 10,000 grants since the scheme started is a testament to its success.”

If your organisation or community group would like to ask for a grant, you must get in touch with your local councillor and get their agreement before you apply.

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