New funding announced for community projects

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Local not-for-profit community organisations are invited to apply for grants of up to £20,000 from Warwick District Council’s Rural and Urban Capital Improvements Scheme (RUCIS).

The scheme is now open for the 2022/23 financial year and organisations looking for grants to support capital improvement projects are urged to apply.

Consideration is given to organisations looking to purchase or upgrade their property or equipment in order to provide services to the community, such as:

  • Energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy technology
  • Providing disabled access or facilities
  • Resurfacing of car parks, sports courts and play areas
  • Essential building repairs
  • New facilities such as kitchens or toilets

Amongst the beneficiaries of the 2021/22 scheme were Myton Hospice in Warwick who used their grant of £4,721 to resurface and improve their car park.

Charlotte Ingram, Director of Income Generation at The Myton Hospices, welcomed the very generous grant to complete the much-needed resurfacing of the car park at the Warwick Myton Hospice:

“On behalf of Myton, I would like to say a huge thank you to Warwick District Council for its fabulous grant, which has enabled us to carry out much-needed improvements of our driveway and car park.

We are delighted this work has now been completed – it makes such a huge difference to everyone accessing and using the Hospice, from patients and their families and of course to our Myton staff and volunteers.

We have to raise £7.8 million each year to provide our services, free of charge, to terminally ill patients across Coventry and Warwickshire.

So to receive such wonderful support through the Rural and Urban Capital Improvements Scheme for a project like this is a massive boost.”

Other organisations who were awarded funding included the London and North Western Railway Society receiving a £4,437 contribution to purchase new ICT equipment and specialist tools, and Whitnash Windmill Petanque Club who were able to install new fencing and shelters thanks to a grant of £5,269.

Councillor Richard Hales, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Transformation commented:

“In difficult times, I am delighted that Warwick District Council is able to award funding to these groups who play such an important role in our local community. The projects which have been realised through the RUCIS scheme can make a real difference and I would strongly encourage not-for-profit organisations located within Warwick District to come forward with their ideas as we may be able to help.”

Find out more about the RUCIS scheme.

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