Community grants for for many (but not all)

Around £50,000 has been given to charities, voluntary organisations and support groups by Rugby Borough Council, but not all who applied for grants were successful.

A report into the annual one-off grants, which was approved by cabinet on Monday, reveal the Voluntary and Community Organisations Fund was the most over-subscribed, with 23 organisations applying for grants of up to £1,500 from a pot of £8,910.

Eight organisations were successful, including Fareham Youth Trust, the Hoskyn Fund for the Disabled, Mayday Trust, RoSa, Rugby Fibromyalgia Support Group, Rugby Foodbank, Warwickshire Association for the Blind and the West Indian Day Care Group.

Unsuccessful applicants included the Pakistani Welfare Association of Rugby, Rugby Christian Life Centre, the 22nd Hillmorton Rugby Scout Group and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.

The Rural Development Fund, a pot of £25,000, was bid for by seven organisations. The biggest beneficiary was Easenhall Village Community, which will receive £10,000. The only applicant to receive nothing was Dunchurch Parish Council and RealiZe Network’s joint bid for £5,400.

Six thousand pounds was available for the borough’s play grant, but because it was under-subscribed, £2,100 will remain unspent. The rest will go to four successful applicants, Fareham Youth Trust, Friends of St Matthew’s Bloxam School and Wolston and Wolvey parish councils.

Local arts benefitted from £3,498, including £1,000 for Rugby Music Festival and Rugby Christmas Cracker. Rugby Theatre Society got £500.

In February the council agreed a number of service level agreements with other organisations who benefit from council grants. These included Age UK (£17,000), Relate’s Rugby activities (£11,000), Rugby Citizens Advice Bureau (£55,000), Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (£33,000), Rugby Credit Union (£15,000), Rugby Foodbank (£2,000), while the community associations of Brownsover, Overslade, New Bilton, Newbold and the Benn Partnership Centre each received £7,500.

Decisions were made by the Grants Working Party based on eligibility criteria.