Council’s Community Chest gives thousands to local community groups
April 5, 2023
Cramlington Town Council’s Community Chest has given almost £19,000 to community groups over the last financial year.
A wide variety of organisations received money through the scheme and among the areas they are involved with are animal charities, environmental concerns, sports groups and music groups.
The decisions to allocate funds through the Community Chest scheme are taken by the Town Council’s Community and Youth Committee.
Committee Chair Councillor Helen Morris said: “Our aim is to help community groups to improve the lives of Cramlington residents. To ensure a fair distribution of available funds we have now limited the grants to £750 per application.”
“There are some criteria to be met including having a presence in Cramlington, having a bank account with two signatories, and having reserves of no more than £10,000.”
“I am thrilled that we have been able to give £18991.76 to groups over this financial year – I know the money has been of real benefit to local people.”
One example of this is seen here with Makaton teacher Anna Melling and students during the course she runs in Cramlington Town Council office. Makaton is a communication tool together with speech and symbols, that enables people with disabilities or learning disabilities to communicate. The Town Council is keen to make Cramlington a Makaton Friendly town and now the Community Chest funds Anna’s classes.
Say Cheese: Anna Melling and students at her Makaton tuition course.
To apply for a Community Chest grant from Cramlington Town Council, please follow the link here: https://www.cramlingtontowncouncil.gov.uk/about-us/community-chest/