Successful Inclusive Neighbourhood Grants - Round One

The first round of £20,000 distributed is to Trafford community projects.

Children with autism and a parent befriending service are some of the community groups who have benefitted from the first round of Inclusive Neighbourhood Grants, given out by Trafford Council.

The Council has completed its first wave of grant giving through the Inclusive neighbourhood Grants scheme, distributing £20,000 to 14 local community projects across the Trafford borough.

The newly-launched grant scheme offers funding of £500 for local events and up to £2,000 for community projects that bring people together and benefit the residents of Trafford.

The scheme is a rolling programme with £120,000 available throughout the year. There is a deadline for applications every two months, the next of which is 31 March 2019.

The first round of funding received a large number of excellent applications. Some of the successful projects include 4 Cheeky Monkeys in Sale, which was awarded £2,000 to develop stay and play sessions for children with autism. Stamford Brook Residents Association received £276 for a summer fun day and Hidden Treasure Discovery Centre, at the Hideaway in Partington, secured £1,778 for a parent befriending service to reduce social isolation.

Ruth Lancey, Director of The Hideaway, said

We found the Inclusive Neighbourhood Grants incredibly easy to access and we're delighted to have been awarded a grant. We're now able to launch 'Coffee Mates', new sessions for parents who are feeling lonely or isolated."

Cllr Catherine Hynes, Deputy Leader of Trafford Council and chairwoman of the grant panel, said:

Our vision is about making Trafford a better borough for all and these grants go some way in delivering that.

I was very impressed with the bids that were submitted and it was great to be able to award money to such a range of deserving projects.

What is so wonderful is that they money we have given out will have an immediate benefit to our residents and neighbourhoods."

The successful applicants were:

Friends of Coppice Library £2,000 - New shelving for Coppice Library

REDEEMING OUR COMMUNITIES (ROC) £2,000 - Free garden transformations for at least 15 households in Partington

The Toy House £2,000 - Creation of a film to promote the organisation

4 Cheeky Monkeys CIC £1,949.57 - New toys for play sessions

High-functioning Trafford £1,850 - Funding for activities and group meetings

Hidden Treasure Discovery Centre CIC £1,778.64 - Befriending project

The Counselling and Family Centre £1,699 - New tables and chairs

ESOL Group at St. John’s Centre £1,646.70 - Creation of a book and a day trip

Altrincham & Sale sea cadets £1,5,17 - Redecoration of dated activity rooms

Friends of Cross Lane Park £500 - Fun day

Future Directions ‘Friends for Life’ Group £500 - Staff costs and meeting costs

Scilight Arts £450 - Planters and plants at Coppice Library

Stamford Brook Residents Association £276.40 - Fun day

Abbey Road Street P £200 - Annual Street Party