Local projects benefit from share of nearly £70k

Published Tuesday 25 February 2020

Nearly £70,000 has been handed out to a diverse range of community projects thanks to the district council.

Harborough District Council agreed, on 20 February 2020, to allocate £68,905 to a number of worthwhile projects across the Harborough district.

Supported by HDCThe projects are benefiting from the Council’s Community Grant Fund for projects which help increase participation in physical activity, support vulnerable people, or create stronger communities.

Additional funding was added to the pot from money raised through the Harborough Lotto.

Those projects which successfully applied for funding are:

  • Market Harborough Fixers Club – £5,000 – Project to encourage local community, young and old, to reuse, recycle and repair everything, especially plastics.
  • Claybrooke Magna Parish Council – £2,380 – Purchase 100 chairs for use in village hall
  • Harborough Community Bus – £5,000 – New mini-bus to assist with church groups, youth clubs, residents’ groups, care homes, schools and disabled clubs
  • South Kilworth Parish Council – £5,000 – Resurfacing of car park and line marking at Village Hall
  • Great Glen Parish Council – £4,093 – Equipment to improve physical health to villagers in the skate park area
  • Saddington Parish Meeting – £2,814.55 – LED upgrade to three street lights
  • Hallaton Museum – £3,054 – Sand and re-lacquer existing wooden floor and build additional cupboards ahead of the ‘Hallaton Treasure Travelling Exhibition’
  • Tur Langton Village Hall – £1,400 – Purchase of door for village hall
  • Kibworth Bowling Club – £852 – Equipment for junior bowling
  • Lubenham in Bloom – £2,040 – Old wooden barrels to be replaced with more efficient watering barrels
  • Harborough Eco Village – £4,365 – Community garden with raised beds for growing useful edible food
  • Bitteswell Village Hall – £2,133 – Double glazing installation
  • St Andrews School PTA, North Kilworth – £1,918.50 – Early years facility equipment
  • Lubenham Village Green – £4,117.50 – Improve and provide disabled access on the North gate, additional seating, widen the main access gates for wheelchair access and extensive tree works.
  • Room for Music – £4,750.00 – to provide a free, inclusive, music-focused project, open to everyone in the local community, not just musicians
  • VASL – £1,151.25 – Inclusive programme of wellbeing activities based on improving mental health
  • St Marys Church, Broughton Astley – £1000.00 – Kitchen appliances to provide refreshments for a community market and social hub within the church
  • Harborough FM – £3,985.84 – Equipment for events
  • Shopmobility – £4350.25 – Wooden storage shed

Councillor Michael Rickman (pictured), Harborough District Council’s Cabinet member for communities, said: “I’m delighted that we haMichael rickmanve been able to share such a substantial amount of money to help fund a number of exciting projects which will have a positive impact on residents across the whole of the district. This funding is in addition to the £710,000 worth of section 106 money allocated to district-wide projects earlier this month.”

People are invited to submit grant applications during the next round of funding; details will be made available on the council's website at www.harborough.gov.uk/grants