Applications are being considered for vital funding to help community groups and activities in the Ribble Valley.
Groups and activities hosted in village halls are being asked to apply for the funding available to help towards building refurbishment, exercise groups, drop-in groups or community events.
Grants of up to £700 are available per activity/ group and the closing date for applications is September 5th.
Known as the Ribble Valley Good Neighbours’ Project, the guidance issued to assess groups’ qualification for funding includes that they should be based in a village hall or community centre and be a regular event as opposed to a one-off.
Funding will be for a maximum of 12 sessions and would normally be for hall hire, related equipment and facilitator expenses. The application may cover the refurbishment of the hall/ centre, but this should include match funding and contribution in time from residents.
Potential schemes could include local history, film, book or drama clubs, exercise, sports or dancing sessions. Consideration will also be given to coffee drop-ins, craft and art clubs, maintenance, growing, cooking and gardening clubs, after school and youth clubs and digital inclusion and computer sessions.
Secretary of the Ribble Valley Village Halls Association David Ingham said: “The aims of this project are to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community and residents of the Ribble Valley.
“It presents an opportunity for them to make a positive contribution to their local community and support economic wellbeing in the area. There will be opportunities for individuals to take part as volunteers, which in turn, will benefit others.
“Supporting activities or events such as arts and creativity, lunch clubs etc. will keep people involved in local life, giving them a sense of belonging and will support vulnerable people in their own communities - the project also aims to support village halls and re-establish their role in the community.”