Sports England and Crowdfunder have launched an opportunity for community and physical activity organisations in Warwick District, to access funding of up to £10,000 to improve venues to encourage communities to get physically active.
Funding of £3.5 million is available to help community sport and physical activity groups in the West Midlands improve their facilities and bring communities together as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games ‘United by Birmingham 2022 Community’ initiative.
This initiative provides community sports groups with an opportunity to create, enhance or redevelop sports facilities for the benefit of the community.
Cllr Liam Bartlett, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Tourism and Leisure said:
“This fantastic opportunity will enable communities and voluntary organisations in the District to access funding to refurbish and make repairs to venues that provide a valuable service to local communities. This funding is aimed at supporting and encouraging local communities to keep active, we hope to spread this opportunity as widely as possible to our local groups across the district, please let your local voluntary organisation know about this funding initiative.”
Sport England is delivering the funding in partnership with Crowdfunder UK and is supported by six local Active Partnerships including Think Active (Coventry, Solihull, Warwickshire).
For more information about this initiative and eligibility criteria for funding, visit the Sport England ‘Places and Spaces’ programme website www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/places-and-spaces
Additional information is also available, including timelines at www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/places-and-spaces
Dozens of homes in the district will have permanently reduced fuel bills and more energy efficient homes thanks to a successful government funding bid by Warwick District Council.
A grant of over £2.5m has been awarded by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Home Upgrade Grant scheme to Warwick District Council to support households that are on a low income and considered ‘off-grid’, meaning they are reliant on alternative fuel sources such as bottled gas or oil to heat their homes.
The grant will pay for energy efficiency measures such as wall and roof insulation as well as new low-carbon heating systems, thermostats and room heating controls. The funding will be targeted at the least energy efficient properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D-G.
Councillor Jan Matecki, Cabinet member for Homes, Health and Wellbeing commented:
“Receipt of this funding is a tremendous boost in allowing us to continue our ambitious programme to improve the energy performance of the homes in our district.
“This Council was one of only 22 councils in the country to be granted this award, and I would like to thank the WDC Housing officers for their hard work in submitting this successful bid. They have now secured almost £7.3m of grants in total.”
“This will not only benefit residents by permanently reducing their fuel bills and making their homes warmer in winter, but also supports the Council’s ambition to combat climate change.”
Councillor Alan Rhead, Cabinet member for Climate Change, added:
“Carbon emissions from homes significantly contribute to our overall emissions in the district. This funding is a win-win, allowing us to help people out of fuel poverty and achieve our ambitious plans to become a low carbon area by 2030.”
The Council will launch the scheme in the next few months.
All blogs are written or edited by Cllr Pam Redford & Cllr Trevor Wright