Money Available To Community Groups

Community groups across the borough can benefit from a share of a £500,000 programme launched by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

Local organisations can apply for up to £10,000 from the Coalfields Community Investment Programme to help improve employment opportunities, skills and health and wellbeing of those living in ‘coalfield communities’.

Andy Lock, head of operations for Coalfields Regeneration, said: “We know that coalfield communities need further resources in order to support community groups and initiatives that have an impact locally.

“The Coalfields Community Investment Programme can support these organisations and give them the assistance they need to continue to deliver the essential services they offer.”

Launched in 1999, The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has supported more than two million people, through helping secure or find jobs, improving skills and qualifications and providing access to health-boosting activities.

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  1. I am the treasurer for the St Helens Stroke Survvivors Allotment Group. The group was formed in April of 2017 following the Stroke Association’s decision to cease funding of the allotment at Alder Hey Road St Helens. The group meets twice weekly and we grow produce quite successfully. We held an open day in July to raise funds from donations and the sale of plants and hanging baskets. Our members pay weekly subscriptions, but as we are all unable to work due to stroke, these have to be small and voluntary. The activities are of huge benefit to the members. We are completely self funding and would be very grateful for any grant money which might be available. Our costs are in the region of £350 per year, comprising rent, compost, seeds and tools, but we may need to buy a new polytunnel cover soon due to damage by vandals. I would be happy to provide any further information as and when required. Thank you.

  2. This would be perfect for our group .
    We are a voluntary run family gymnastics club – based in St. Helens . We have been functioning now for 42 years .
    To move to the next level in our sport we require better equipment.
    All our equipment has been gained from fundraising within the club .
    This last section of equipment will allow our gymnasts to compete at a higher level and improve the all round service we can deliver to the community who attend our classes .
    We are aiming to raise £24,000 for the much needed sprung floor.
    Any help such as grants would be greatly appreciated.
    I would be keen to know more about this and how to apply .

  3. I am head coach at Rainhill Swimming Club which was established in 1970 to teach adults and children to swim and be safe around water. We are all volunteers and we have 10 trained coaches. We want to train 10 more at the cost of £3000. A grant would be a huge help to our club.

    • Hi Jane,

      That sounds fantastic. Be sure to check out how Coalfields Regen can help you. The link to their website is in the article


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