Frome Town Council’s Community Grants help several community and voluntary organisations across the town. This financial year they have so far received over 30 applications from local groups looking for some funding to help with projects or important work.
The next round is currently open, this will close on Monday 31st January and so Frome Town Council is encouraging community groups to submit their applications for up to £3,000.
All requests for funding need to demonstrate that they have a direct and positive impact for Frome residents, whether that’s physical, mental, emotional, environmental or economic.
The Grants Advisory Panel scrutinises all applications and awards funding. They often receive feedback from grant recipients updating the panel on how the funding was received and used.
Back in June 2021, Evolve Music was awarded £3,000 for their Sound Lab Summer School where they successfully engaged with young people during the summer. Working in partnership with Critchill School, where the sessions were held, the programme enabled young people with autism and or additional learning needs to explore sound and creativity, socialise and have fun. The summer school provided the opportunity to put into practice the musical skills the young people had learnt whilst also building new and meaningful social connections.
One parent said: “Honestly, the sessions were possibly the best thing that has happened for my son for a couple of years. It has been so difficult to find any activity that he can take part in but yet you (the summer school) achieved this and made him so welcome. He loves all sorts of music and song and to combine this with the chance to spend time with other young adults was fantastic!”
Chair of the Grants Advisory Panel, Cllr Anne Hills said: “We absolutely love hearing this feedback. We know how vital this type of funding is for the local groups and organisations that make such a huge impact in our communities, so I really hope that we can spread the message far and wide – support is available! If you haven’t applied for funding before, please don’t be put off, the process is simple and easy to navigate, and our team are always on hand to help. This could be your chance to help your community organisation achieve even more.”
The deadline for applications is Monday 31st January at 5pm, for further details and an application form, visit our Grants page.