Wiltshire Council’s Southern Wiltshire Area Board has granted funds of just over £17,500 to local organisations working in the community.
The Southern Wiltshire Area Board has around £100,000 to grant to community projects over the next year and made a good start in allocating that money at the meeting at the end of May.
Amongst those receiving community funding were the following projects:
Wiltshire Digital Drive £5000.00
Wiltshire Digital Drive is a Community Interest Company CIC set up to refurbish and recycle donated laptops to gift back to the community enabling education in Wiltshire and bridging the digital divide. Since October 2020 350 laptops have been refurbished recycled and gifted back into the local community.
The plan is to refurbish the next 400 laptops with this grant ring-fenced to specifically distribute 200 laptops to the South Wiltshire community over the next 12 months.
Partridge Way Play Area – £5000.00
Laverstock and Ford Parish Council are taking over the management and maintenance of Partridge Way Play Area in Old Sarum from Wiltshire Council.
The plan is to replace the rundown play equipment and improve the groundworks around the play equipment. Replacing the existing bark surface with turf and grass mats.
The Good Grub Club, Longhedge – £1200.00
Good Grub Clubs are all about low-cost meal ideas that taste great and provide people with the nutrition they need.
1st Laverstock Scouts – £1708.44
For a Nature Recovery Area
Coombe Bissett and Homington Cricket Club – £158.00
A set of new balls for the Under 19’s cricket team.
mySalisbury – £4479.97
To purchase equipment for community journalism and training for volunteers in the local area.
Here at mySalisbury we will soon be announcing our media and journalism workshops for people in Southern Wiltshire and Salisbury. We will be offering workshops around photography, videography, podcasting and journalism. We hope to recruit local people who will help to contribute content to this website. If you are interested in becoming involved or want to find out more, please fill out our volunteering form here – https://mysalisbury.co.uk/get-involved/
Andy Munns from mySalisbury said: “We are really grateful to the councillors for backing our project and the engagement that has followed. We look forward to welcoming local people into our team of volunteers to both learn new skills but also to help fill our website with interesting stories letting people know all the wonderful things that are happening around South Wiltshire.”
If you are involved in a community project or organisation and need support with your projects, find out more about the grant funds available through the area boards here – https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/article/1531/Area-boards