Since coming into post on 1 April 2010 the community development team have supported over 40 community groups with direct funding advice and guidance building skills and confidence amongst community groups with over 200 hours of time to help draw in an additional £400,000 from external funders.
Lowca Parton Community Bridge / Project Total: £18,400
The Lowca Parton Community Bridge has connected the two villages with a brand new accessible bridge across Lowca beck. The previous bridge was not wide enough for pushchairs or wheelchair users. Well used by residents and walkers the bridge now provides an essential link between the two villages along the coastal path.
The two parish councils worked in partnership to draw in the match funding with support from the Community Development Team including advice on application forms and requirements of the funders once the grants were drawn in.
Funding was drawn in from Cumbria County Council Local Area Committee (12,000), Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust (3,700), Copeland Borough Council (2,700)
Top tip from this project: The benefits of good partnership working
Gosforth Play Area / Project Total:£55,000
Led by Gosforth Parish Council Playing Fields Association this project aimed to overhaul the underused village play area. When the community development team came on board the group had secured £10,000 working with our community development worker the group submitted an application to the BIG lottery Community Spaces programme and drew in £40,000.
In addition to the parish survey, the group facilitated additional 3 consultation events with the local mother toddler group, the local primary school and a third at a village fun day where residents had the chance to vote for their favourite design.
Funding drawn in from BIG lottery Community Spaces (40,000), Cumbria Waste Environment Management Trust (7,000), Gosforth Parish Council (2,000), CCC Local Committee and Gosforth and Ennerdale Neighbourhood Forum (4,000), Cumbria Police (500), Community donations (1,500).The play area is due to be officially launched on July 11 2011.
Top tip from this project: The benefits of good consultation evidence when applying for funding
Ravenglass Play Area / Project Total: £60,000
The village play area in Ravenglass is located next to one of West Cumbria’s busiest tourist destinations the Lal Ratty. Working in partnership the Ravenglass Village Forum and Muncaster Parish Council they identified the redevelopment of their tired and rundown play area as a priority which aims to provide play provision for residents and visitors alike.
The group with support carried out additional consultation and resent out a tender specification as required by the funder, they also appointed a lead professional to oversee the capital works. The group increased their application to Community Spaces to £49,999 and successfully drew in the funding. The play area is due to be launched on May 6 at a community fun day.
The group have also trained up local volunteers to inspect the play area to ensure the play area is kept to a high standard in the future. Other funding came from Cumbria Community Foundation (5,000), Community Fundraising (2,150), Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway ltd (1500), Village Forum (500), In-kind contributions (2,000)
Top tip from this project: Maintenance of your project once completed is key. Think about a maintenance plan and budget at the start.