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Community Organisations in the Melton awarded £146,700 grant funding by UK Shared Prosperity Fund

A number of community organisations in the Melton Borough have been awarded nearly £150,000 between them.

There were 32 applications from community groups for the money which is coming from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF or the Fund) is a central pillar of the UK government’s ambitious Levelling Up agenda and a significant component of its support for places across the UK.

It provides £2.6 billion of new funding for local investment by March 2025, with all areas of the UK receiving an allocation from the Fund via a funding formula rather than a competition.

From the applications £357,049 was applied for and £146,700 has been awarded to local groups.

A mixture of sports clubs, Paris Councils, community groups and a local day hospice were among the applicants.

£20,000 was awarded to Bottesford Parish Council for a park at the village field.

£19,700 was awarded to Dove Cottage Day Hospice in Stathern for a sensory garden on site.

£1,624.10 was given to Great Dalby Cricket Club for equipment to improve facilities and training sessions.

£300 was granted to Grimston, Saxelby and Shoby Parish Council for Wildflower area on village green in Grimston.

£20,000 was awarded to Melton & Oakham Waterways Society for the dredging of area and building of a dock where the new tour boats can take passengers on the river as part of their upcoming project.

£15,000 was awarded to Jungle Bugs on Mill Street for a Sensory Room.

Melstrum Ukulele Orchestra were awarded £653 for new instruments and Melton In Bloom were given £952.68 for a storage facility.

Multiple groups across the Melton Borough will benefit. Photo: NEMM

Melton Learning Hub in Burton Road were successful in their application for a collection of projects including an allotment and community toolshed and were granted £3,343.

Nether Broughton Wildlife Area received £808 for volunteer equipment and compost bins.

St. John's Church were successful with £20,000 being granted to build a community hall, kitchen and disabled facilities next to St. John's Church.

Sunny Skies CIC were awarded £19,242 for a rural community garden/green space.

The Black Horse Community Group were allocated £5,000 for an accessible toilet, ramp and handrails.

The Friends Of Melton Country Park were allocated £800 for a second bird hide near the small lake in Melton Country Park.

Melton Mowbray Town Estate were granted £19,300 for renovation, restoration and improvement of Wilton Park Café.

In a post on Social Media Melton Borough Council said: "We are pleased to announce we have awarded £146,700 in our first round of community grants. The grants, which are funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the Rural England Prosperity Fund, will help towards projects such as sensory gardens, local environmental improvements, improved services for communities and more. The next round of grants are due to go live later this year. Keep your eyes on our social media channels to find out more."

The fund launched on 13th April 2022.

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