York‘s community benefits from £60k MOD grant
4:24pm 24th April 2012
Last year City of York Council was instrumental in ensuring that York was one of the first cities in the country to sign-up to the national Community Covenantinitiative.
On 8th December 2011, representatives from across the city, including three armed services and other key York figureheads and organisations, officially endorsed the local covenant agreement by joining together to sign a scroll to mark the launch of the York Community Covenant.
This enabled York to officially pledge its support and honour its Armed Forces personnel, families and veterans, and ensure their full integration and active involvement in the lives of the wider civilian community.
By signing the Covenant both voluntary and statutory organisations in the city were eligible to apply to the MOD Community Covenant grant fund - and three applications have been instantly successful.
- City of York Council’s Arts Development Team has successfully received £18k to capture and share stories of York’s armed forces personnel and their families as part of Armed Forces Community Presents project and York 800.
- Strensall Community, Youth & Sports Association Facility Committee has received £32k to make significant refurbishment improvements to the existing enclosed floodlit Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA)
- Strensall Barracks has received £12.5k for ‘Building Bridges’, a universal community integration project that will use ‘play’ as a tool that will help integrate the military community with the local civilian community within Strensall, York. Includes outreach play sessions for 5-13 year olds.
Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Social Inclusion at City of York Council, said:
“York’s Community Covenant isn’t just about signing a scroll, it means much more than this. It’s about coming together and at time when the national Armed Forces Covenant is increasing in prominence and continuing to strengthen our relationships between civilian and military communities in York.”
All three schemes include input from the council in terms of project planning and development. The council also took a strong lead on promoting the Community Covenant Grant fund and bringing forward project ideas from the wider city.
Brigadier Greville Bibby CBE, Commander 15 (North East) Brigade said:
“Following the establishment of the York Armed Forces Community Covenant, these three projects are a fantastic example on how we can build on existing partnerships, work together and create a lasting legacy for the future. I am very grateful to all those involved for their efforts in bringing forward these exciting ideas which will enrich and benefit our community.”
The Community Covenant Grant Scheme aims to strengthen the ties and the mutual understanding between members of the Armed Forces community and the wider community in which they live.
Any organisations interested in submitting a bid to the Community Covenant Grant Fund are encouraged to contact City of York Council on 01904 551053 for further details.
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