Monday, 11 February 2013

And the winners are ... Frodsham's Community Grants (1)

Wow - what a fantastic evening.  My daughter and I have just come back from Community Church absolutely buzzing - having listened to so many excellent community projects all pitching for funds out of Cllr Lynn Riley and my Community Grants budget.

We had 22 groups pitching for funds in 3 categories.  When the evening started we thought we would see
3 x £1,000, 4 x £500 and 4 x £250 grants awarded - but as events transpired we ended up awarding more.
The beauty of the format we follow for these evenings is that it is the community groups themselves that decide where the monies go - and they can't vote for themselves!

So you want to know who won what.

In the £1,000 category both Weaver Vale Primary School and Manor House Primary School topped the polls.  The were absolutely brilliant.  Both schools produced short films that were great fun to watch as well as being informative.    Weaver Vale Primary wanted the money to make a Golden Mile at the school - to encourage both outdoor learning and activity.
Weaver Vale Primary School

Manor House Primary School

Manor House Primary want the money also for outdoor activities - they are particularly anxious to save our bees.

With the youngsters dominating the voting - and they were absolutely brilliant - Lynn and I decided to extend the grant giving at the £1,000 level to support the next 3 projects - the only problem we had was that there was a tie to manage as well!

So the next group - in fact the first adult group that finished behind the schools was Frodsham Foundation.

Kate Dodgson and Rod Hyde from Frodsham Foundation
The Foundation is Frodsham's new social enterprise company.  In addition to their work on organising business focused events the Foundation also want to develop their work into helping the workless.

Next came Frodsham Community Association - they sought sponsorship for the Frodsham Downhill run - which this year is to be run on 7 July 2013.

Sue Thompson from FCA

And then the tie.  We had Frodsham's Army cadet contingent seeking funding to help them buy first aid equipment - including resuscitation and choking dummies tied with Young Life International - who were seeking funds to support youth development activity - both locally here - and also in Soweto, South Africa.

Young Life International and Frodsham ACF

If you want to find out who got what in the £500 and £250 categories and some action shots have a look at the next blog entries.

A big thank you to everyone at Main Street Community Church for hosting Frodsham's Community Grant Giving Event again - and the team of CWaC officers who, behind the scenes made the Grant Giving evening run so smoothly.  And a thank you to my daughter Sarah who took these photographs,