Local projects benefit from share of nearly £70k

Published Wednesday 24 January 2018

A diverse range of community projects have received a welcome financial boost thanks to the district council.

Harborough District Council agreed, on 23 January 2018, to allocate funding totalling nearly £70,000 to a number of worthy projects.

The projects are benefiting from the Council’s Community Grant Fund, as well as Section 106 money which is provided by developers for community projects and social infrastructure in locations where development has taken place. 

Those projects which have successfully applied for funding are:

  • Fleckney Silver Band – £3,746.08 for car park improvements
  • St Dionysius Community Hall – £1,202 for sound system improvements to help hard of hearing
  • Inclusive Youth – £3,713 for youth activities for people aged 11-18
  • Fleckney Baptist Church – £3,980 for new fence around outdoor play space
  • MHiBV application – £3,961.40 to replace wooden barrels with new recycled plastic planters
  • Scraptoft Parish Council – £4,087 for equipment for the Community Hub
  • Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland – £5,000  towards replacing the community mini-bus
  • Fleckney Leisure Centre – £4,888 for feasibility study for new modern leisure centre in Fleckney
  • Leire Parish Council – £5,000 to replace and improve play equipment on village playing field
  • Homestart - £5,000 for new project called ‘Mums in Mind’ focusing on parents experiencing post natal depression
  • Tilton Playing field Committee – £2,995 to improve facilities for the playing ground used by Tilton and Halstead Parish
  • HCYC application – £4,000 to help fund a project to inspire young traveller people to consider a wider range of options for their futures and to manage their health, safety and well being
  • Broughton Astley Cricket Club – £4,650 for portable wicket covers
  • MH Lawn Tennis Club – £5,000 towards to replace clubhouse and floodlit tennis court
  • Arnesby Primary School – £2,549 towards planters that children and residents can fill with soil and plants
  • Broughton Astley Parish Council – £3,293 to help increase the ability to let to larger number of community groups and for heating in disabled toilets and baby changing facilities
  • Dunton and Broughton FC – £5,000 for new driveway, new car parking facilities around clubhouse and increasing hard standing spectator area by 200%  

Councillor Janette Ackerley, Harborough District Council’s portfolio holder for Wellbeing and Localities, said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to share such a substantial amount of money with a number of applicants across the whole of the district. The fact we’ve been able to allocate this funding will mean a number of exciting and worthwhile projects, which perhaps wouldn’t have happened without it, can now come to fruition.”

People are invited to submit grant applications during the next round of Section 106 funding; details will be made available on the council's website at www.harborough.gov.uk/grants