Dozens of local projects and community groups have benefited from funding totalling more than £200,000 in the last ten months.
Dudley Council’s community forums have awarded around £205,000 to over 60 community groups and projects delivering activities and improvements in the local area since April last year.
Community forums are organised by Dudley Council with West Midlands Police and take place four times a year.
Not only do they offer an opportunity for local people to meet with councillors and the police to talk about how they can work together to improve the local area and share information on local community activities but they also give community groups the chance to bid for grants.
Projects funded at the last round of forums include improvements to the walled garden and signage in Stevens Park, Wollescote, equipment for a woodworking group in Dudley and community defibrillators in Stourbridge.
Councillor Qadar Zada, leader of Dudley Council, said:
It’s great to see that we have had such a good response to our community forum grants this year and we have so many people who want to play an active part and make a difference in the areas we live.
The support of local people is intrinsic to the success of our community forums. We rely on their local knowledge and ideas to bring about change and drive forward plans to the future.”
Grants of up to £5,000 are available and applications for funding must be submitted three weeks before the relevant community forum. More details are available on the council’s website at https://www.dudley.gov.uk/council-community/community-council/community-forum-grants/
Any applications that miss this deadline will be considered as part of the next round of community forums in June.
The next round of community forums will begin on Wednesday February 27 with the Belle Vale, Hayley Green and Cradley South meeting taking place at the Halesowen Cultural Centre and the Halesowen North and South meeting at Tenterfields Primary School.
On Monday March 4, the forum for Castle and Priory, St James’s and St Thomas’s will be held at the DY1 community building, for Coseley East and Sedgley at Alder Coppice Primary School and Gornal, Upper Gornal and Woodsetton at the Upper Gornal Pensioners Club.
Two meetings will be held on Monday March 11 including the Kingswinford North and Wall Heath, Kingswinford South and Wordsley at Belle Vue Primary School and Norton, Pedmore & Stourbridge East, Wollaston and Stourbridge Town at Norton Community Centre.
The meeting for Brierley Hill, Brockmoor and Pensnett will be held on Monday March 18 at Brockmoor Primary School. Also taking place that night will be the Netherton, Woodside and St Andrews, Quarry Bank and Dudley Wood forum at The Savoy Centre.
The final community forum in this round will be the Amblecote, Cradley and Wollescote, Lye and Stourbridge North meeting at Withymoor Primary School on Tuesday March 19.
All community forums start at 6.30pm.
For more information on community forums including the application process for funding email firstname.lastname@example.org