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Applications invited for council's community grants

COMMUNITY and voluntary organisations can now apply for a grant from Rugby Borough Council.

The community project grants and awards from the council's rural development fund aim to support community, voluntary and charitable organisations to deliver one-off projects which benefit the borough's communities.

Community project grants of up to £2,000 can help organisations deliver and develop a wide range of projects, with recent examples including community cafes, youth clubs and projects which promote sports, arts and culture.

The rural development fund offers parish councils, community and voluntary organisations the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £10,000 for projects or purchases which support the borough's rural communities.

Recent projects to benefit from the fund include community hall refurbishments, improvements to playing fields and playgrounds, and community transport schemes.

Grant applications must be made online and submitted before midnight on Sunday 23 February. Full guidelines and application forms can be found on the council's website at 

Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA) host a free workshop at the Town Hall on Wednesday 22 January to help guide organisations through the grant application process.

The workshop runs from 10am to 12 noon. To book a place, visit or call WCAVA on (01788) 574258.

Organisations can also seek advice on grant applications by calling WCAVA or emailing 

Cllr Emma Crane, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for communities and homes, said: "Community and voluntary organisations make an important contribution to the borough, and the council's grants aim to support projects which can deliver real benefits to our communities.

"I'd urge organisations to find out more about the funding criteria and apply for a grant before the deadline."

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