Salisbury Area Board Still Has Funding to Award

Non-profit organisations who are looking to make a difference in Salisbury are being urged to apply for funding with over £53,000 still available to award before the end of March 2021.

Marc Read, Salisbury’s Community Engagement Manager helps organisations with the process and will happily walk you through the grant application. He is on the lookout for local organisations to access the funding.

You can find out more here – https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/council-democracy-area-boards

The area board exists to help the local community:

The area boards are a way of working to bring local decision making back into the heart of the community.  Area boards are not like old fashioned council meetings and there are lots of opportunities for local people to get involved.  Meetings take place in each community area and between these meetings different task groups consisting of local people, Wiltshire Council staff and councillors tackle local issues and find solutions to take forward at the next area board.

Area boards exist to work alongside other organisations to make things happen in the community.  These groups can include town and parish councils, voluntary and community groups, youth organisations, sports clubs and local charities.  Area boards support these groups’ work and influence this to meet local priorities.  Area boards wouldn’t be able to achieve what they do without these partners working on the ground with them.

mySalisbury is a recent recipient of a near £5,000 grant to fund equipment for workshops around journalism and media, which will commence shortly. We will be contacting those who have expressed an interest in the coming weeks.

The other organisations to receive funding at the October meeting were:

Studio Theatre – Project Summary – With the theatres’ extension nearly complete attention must focus on external groundworks and boundaries. To ensure that the theatres’ surroundings blend in with the city’s green corridor beside the river Avon we will plant a hedge on the southern-eastern and western boundaries. The enclosed land will also be landscaped. Additionally, the theatres’ fire escape routes need to be upgraded to make them more user friendly for people in wheelchairs – £4384.80

Rise 61 – Project Summary – We are seeking to develop a creative hub on the heath where young people can engage in all sorts of creative activities like art design cooking gardening video editing and fashion design. We need funding to appoint a youth worker to lead and develop this project with the local young people on the heath. We believe young people’s creativity and energy is key to helping our community recover and rebuild after the CV19 crisis and this role and project will be key to unlocking their potential – £5000.00

Cancer Support Salisbury – Project Summary – We are a cancer support service for Salisbury and the surrounding area offering a drop-in, at Salisbury Quaker house. We provide befriending support groups and 121 information from various advisory services, phone or email buddy service, counseling, and other therapies such as reflexology for all patients and their close family affected by any type of cancer. Run by volunteers with the necessary safeguarding skills, we link in with hospitals GPs and other groups – £1000.00

Wiltshire Music Centre – Project Summary – Celebrating Age Wiltshire CAW Phase 2 will use arts heritage activities to reach the most isolated older people in the Salisbury area helping to tackle loneliness and aiming to improve their health and wellbeing through creative and artistic engagement. In particular, CAW will target those people who are vulnerable and socially isolated due to frailty ill-health dementia poor mobility, or caring responsibilities. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, our work now draws on five different strands of both live and online activity. CAW is delivered by a partnership of community and arts organisations across the county led by Wiltshire Music Centre – £1500.00

Area Board Chair, Cllr Atiqul Hoque, said:

“It is fantastic to fund these initiatives, which will undoubtedly make a positive difference to the people who live in our wonderful city. With over £53,000 still in the budget for this financial year, I invite other local groups to apply for funding by visiting https://wiltshire.gov.uk/council-democracy-area-boards. I look forward to seeing many more applications at our next meeting in December.

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