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Melton Borough Council Cabinet approves grant funding to support local community projects

Melton Borough Council’s Cabinet agreed the allocations of the Community Grants budget, approving over £36,000 of funding to support local community organisations and projects.

The approvals were passed at a meeting of the Cabinet last night at Melton's Parkside building.

17 applications were received, with a total value of £135,235. All applications were assessed to determine their eligibility in line with the Community Grants Policy criteria.

The approved funding will support a variety of community projects in the borough, ranging from sports activities for young children in priority neighbourhoods, continuation of services from charity organisations, supporting the delivery of citizens' advice services within the local area, day hospice support, health screenings, support groups and funding towards the Melton and District Furniture Project.

A number of grants were approved by the council cabinet at a meeting last night. Photo: Google Maps

Among the recipients of the cash was the Belvoir Cricket & Countryside Trust who received their full request of £704. The Trust says it has identified a need in priority neighbourhoods in Melton and Asfordby so is aiming to deliver in-school and out-of-school sports coaching in 2023-2024 targeting young children of low-income families.

Age UK has received a provisional allocation of £8,000 of their requested £10,000. The money will be used to assist with the day to day running of Gloucester House.

Available 7 days a week. The funds will enable them to continue to offer the services they currently do which will otherwise be impacted by rising costs.

Cllr Alison Freer, Portfolio Holder for Climate, Access and Engagement said, “It’s amazing to see so many organisations benefitting from our community grants scheme. Whilst we are unable to fund all of the projects submitted through the Community Grants scheme, we were pleased to see the varied nature of the applications and the clear desire of local organisations to make a difference in our borough and have tried to support as many of those applicants as possible.

“Careful consideration has been given as to where to allocate the funding. Where we haven’t been able to provide financial support, we have offered alternative assistance and signposted other funding sources where available. To help support as many projects as possible, this year, we were also able to utilise some funding through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund to award additional grants to eligible community groups and projects. In total 14 different community projects have been funded altogether this year.

"We look forward to seeing the projects being delivered in the local area and we encourage eligible organisations to continue to engage with the scheme and submit applications each year so we can continue to support a wide range of fantastic projects being undertaken within our community.”

Other recipients of the grants are CAB who have been given £15,000 for Telephone and online/digital support for Residents of Melton for a number of things such as Financial support and advice services.

Dove Cottage for £5,000 to assist with the resources required to extend the services by an extra day a week. MM Lions club £2,500 Prostate cancer and diabetes screening - each to be undertaken at least once per year. Lions will set up a community hub within premises in the Bell Centre for the screening.

Stroke Club £1,000 to support volunteers with providing activities, cost of running the group (rent etc) additional training around awareness of Strokes, support with cost of living and pay for talkers to come into the group.

Melton & District Furniture Project £4,000 as a contribution to referrals from MBC.

The total value of the proposed grant awards from the community grants scheme totals to £36,204 from the 2023/24 budget. This leaves £8,796 for the Coronation Grants Scheme.

Unsuccessful applicants will be offered feedback along with advice and guidance on alternative funding options including the self-funding opportunities available through the Melton Community Lottery.

Building on the success of the Platinum Jubilee Grants Scheme in 2022, the council has also launched a Coronation Small Grants Scheme, with just over £8000 available to support communities across the Borough to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III.

Eligible community groups, charities and parish councils organising events and projects can apply for funding between £70 and £700 to support their local Coronation celebrations to mark this special occasion.

Applications for this scheme are open until Monday 20th March 2023. Full details, including how to apply, are available at

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