Three local projects have landed nearly £8,000-worth of funding to help the people in their community.
Kingswood Community Transport, Southern Brooks Community Partnerships and Kingswood Friendship and Exercise Group were the lucky recipients of the grants from our Dragons Den-style panel of involved customers. Meeting earlier this month all three groups were successful in securing funding after pitching their plans to improve their local communities to the six-strong panel.
Kingswood Community Transport was the biggest recipient of funding, securing £3,000 towards the cost of an additional accessible vehicle. The group, which supports the transport needs of 120 local groups as well as providing an individual dial-&-ride service, has seen demand for its services increase in recent years. Although it already has a fleet of 20 vehicles the charity is aiming to increase this so it can continue to meet the local need for transport.
Also successful in securing funding was Southern Brooks Community Partnerships which received £2,500 for the Community Cohesion Steering Group which it chairs. The money will fund a new online video called Welcome to Kingswood which will highlight local services, activities and groups that people might otherwise have not known about. A similar video in the Patchway area has already been a big success.
Community Insight & Investment Officer Kay Rose said: “Every year our panel of customers give out thousands of pounds to community groups and projects and we’re delighted they’ve chosen to support these three latest applicants. The panel could see that each of these groups are making a real difference locally and were pleased to provide the funding.
“I’d encourage anyone who is a member of a community group looking for funding for a project to contact us.”
Any community groups interested in bidding for funding from our Dragons Den panel of involved customers can find out more and apply online at www.merlinhs.co.uk/community-grants