Charities, community and voluntary groups will soon be able to apply for grants from Bath & North East Somerset Council’s pilot Community Contribution Fund.
The fund, which was launched earlier this year, enables residents to contribute to projects which help reduce inequalities across the district. So far, more than 340 people have generously donated, raising almost £25,000.
Applications for grants of between £500 and £2,000 will open next month and be assessed by a panel of elected councillors.
Councillor Richard Samuel, Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Resources and Economic Development, said: “We’ve had a great response and I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to the fund so far. Our charities, community and voluntary groups carry out vital work and this money will really help to support the most disadvantaged and improve their lives. Applications will be considered very carefully and we’ll be giving priority to projects that benefit the whole B&NES area.”
Although the B&NES Community Contribution Fund is administered by Bath & North East Somerset Council, it is not used to supplement council services. Every penny contributed goes to fund local projects.
Residents are still able to make contributions to the fund and it is easy to donate online. The minimum contribution is £5, however there is no maximum contribution and it is possible to donate more than once.
Following this year’s pilot, the council will consult with residents and organisations on whether the scheme should continue.
Residents can keep up-to-date with latest news on the fund by subscribing to the council’s special e-newsletter here.
To find out more and make a contribution visit the Community Contribution Fund webpage.