In the last twelve months, 24 local organisations have been awarded a total of £44,647 for local projects which will benefit Crewe’s residents.
Crewe Town Council allocates grant funding through its Community Grant Scheme to groups that can demonstrate a positive impact within the Crewe Town Boundary. Community organisations can apply for up to £2,500 for local projects and activities that reference themes outlined in Crewe’s Community Plan.
The majority of funded projects contributed to Health and Wellbeing (69%), followed by Arts and Culture (14%), Civic and Community Pride (13%) and Aspirational Young People (4%).
The awards helped to fund theatre activities, dance sessions for over 60’s, domestic abuse support, bereavement counselling, wildlife activities and much more!
The Community Grant Scheme is open for applications throughout the year, with quarterly submission deadlines for applications to be considered by the Community Plan committee. Further details can be found on the Crewe Town Council Community Grant Scheme webpage: www.crewetowncouncil.gov.uk/council-services-2/crewe-community-engagement/grants/
The Scheme application process has been revised in recent months and online submissions will be available for 2023/24 applications.
The organisations gave feedback on their awards and the impact the funding has had on the local community:
“Thank you Crewe Town Council for your support, you have made a real difference to many people’s lives and we can’t thank you enough!” (Dance to Health, dance group for over 60s)
“Through our empowerment workshops and support [these women of colour in our community] now know they can be heard, supported, and assisted to enable them to build their self-confidence, reclaim their self-worth and achieve their dreams.” (NENE TLC, support and workshops for BAME women)
“The participants developed in their confidence, ability to work in a team, and many other soft skills, as well as making close, long-term friendships throughout the process.” (RicNic, youth theatre production sessions)
“The feedback from parents has been positively overwhelming. Respite for parents and family members has made a huge difference as we continue to engage with the wider community, we are now able to demonstrate/promote our service, which in turn will increase take up to our service offer to the local community.” (Wishing Well Supported Adults Service, camping trip)
“Families, many struggling with the cost of living crisis, had the chance to spend time together, have fun and make memories for free, without the worry of being able to afford the activities. Young people and families gained a better knowledge of the opportunities available to them and where they can go to for support.” (Youth Fed, youth event in Crewe)
A Crewe Town Council spokesperson commented: “We are delighted to support such worthy causes within the Crewe Town Boundary through the Crewe Town Council Community Grant Scheme. These projects have all been inspired by a need within the local community and it has been brilliant to see the positive impact that these initiatives have had upon Crewe residents.”