Active Communities funding opening again this week

News from: Reading Voluntary Action

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live will be able to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years.

It’s for projects seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years.

“We’re looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate or in a few streets. We’re also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this we mean a group of people who have things in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area.”

Six Reading organisations have successfully secured funding from Active Communities in the past 6 months and we are looking for 6 more! Email advice@rva.org.uk for an expression of interest form.

Baker Street and Neighbourhood Association (BSANA) are one of the successful applicants. Karen Rowland, who founded BSANA, spoke to Anne Diamond about the project for BBC Radio Berkshire.

She said: “We’re going to work on getting the community together. Sometimes our community rallies around problems, situations that we have, sometimes it rallies around getting planters out on the IDR bridge on the Oxford Road like we just did, sometimes it rallies around just doing fun things together.

“That’s something that with this money we hope to do more – cooking classes, stretch classes, all these wonderful things that we can offer a neighbourhood that really didn’t have as much before, so we’re thrilled.”

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