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£250,000 Awarded to Good Causes in the East Riding


12:32pm 16th May 2013

East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Community Partnerships team has distributed grants totalling a quarter of a million pounds to a wide range of projects in the county.

The council was awarded a Performance Reward Grant of £200,000 by the government in 2012, to recognise its performance in meeting government targets. It decided to use the money to fund small, community-based projects with town and parish councils to help them carry out work in their local areas.

All town and parish councils in the East Riding - 168 in total - were able to apply for up to £3,000 to fund activities within their remit. This could be for a single project, a number of smaller projects, or as a contribution to a larger community effort where a number of parish councils work closely together.

The council's business outsourcing provider, arvato, contributed an additional £50,000 to the Performance Reward Grant, to bring the total available up to £250,000.

Grants were awarded to expand the support services that town and parish councils provide in their area. This included a range of activities such as upgrades to play areas and community buildings; environmental projects; additional refuse and dog fouling bins; and updating emergency and severe weather equipment for snow clearing and gritting to help local communities cope with extreme weather conditions.

Councillor Jackie Cracknell, the council's portfolio holder for community involvement & performance, said:  "The local grant scheme demonstrates localism in action.  It has allowed us to work with town and parish councils and helped them deliver schemes that are of the greatest value to their residents. The current economic climate also means that it is more important than ever for residents to have their say about what happens in their town or village, to make sure the right decisions are made."

Mike Williamson, partnership and performance manager at arvato, commented: "We are committed to having a positive impact in the communities we serve and were very happy to contribute to this initiative. These invaluable grants have funded activities that will enhance neighbourhoods and make towns and parishes better prepared for the unpredictability of the British weather."                                                                          

A total of 129 applications was submitted to the grant panel, of which 90 were successful. Priority was given to parish and town councils whose application demonstrated a link with the local authority's Community Plan and where they have severe weather and emergency plans in place.

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