Cashing in on awards

Contributed by editor on Aug 26, 2004 - 06:44 PM

<P class=pressheading>CASHING IN ON AWARDS

Local voluntary groups in Shepway have tapped into more than £70,000 worth of grants in three months from the Lottery-based Awards for All schemes.

The £76,268 awarded between March and June was the highest in Kent and Shepway Council’s Regeneration Officer, Dave Illsley, says he hopes even more groups will now come forward with community projects that need a cash boost.

“The latest take-up for Awards for All grants from groups in Shepway was the best in Kent with 18 local groups being awarded between £500 and £5,000 for their projects. This is particularly rewarding because the award scheme got off to a slow start when it was introduced and the council has worked hard with Awards for All to let people know about the opportunities this scheme brings.�

Awards for All aims to support activities that:

  • Encourage local people to get involved in groups and projects
  • Increase skill and creativity, encourage talent and raise standards
  • Enhance quality of life.

Among local groups to benefit from the latest awards was the Folkestone and Hythe District Scout Council which was given a maximum £5,000 grant to help pay for roof repairs and re-fitting the kitchen at its headquarters in Ash Tree Road.

Any groups which would like to find out more about applying for Awards for All and the Big Lottery Fund (Community Fund) programmes are invited to a Before you apply day o­n 2 September.

The event, at New Etchinghill Village Hall, is open to any voluntary or community groups that need a grant for community projects.

Sue Arnold from the Big Lottery Fund and Malcolm Higgins, Awards Officer from Awards for All, will explain who can apply, what can – and cannot be – funded and how decisions o­n grants are made.

Any groups interested in attending should contact the Big Lottery Fund o­n 01483 462900 or see

For an Awards for All application pack please call 0845 600 2040 or see