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Bridgwater Community Grants Schemes relaunched
Bridgwater Town Council have reopened some of the council’s grant support schemes. The objective of the grants scheme is to support and encourage a diverse range of community activities, initiatives and events that meet the needs of the Bridgwater parish residents.
Tree Planting Fund – Bridgwater Town Council is committed to improving the environment and has set up a Tree Fund to support tree planting on public open spaces. We are therefore looking for groups of people who are interested in additional tree planting on public green spaces in their local area.
Groups must demonstrate a communal commitment for any planting within their street or locality along with an agreement to maintain any new planting for at least two years to ensure that the trees survive and thrive. Tree Fund Policy and Application form
Youth Grants Fund – Grant applications can now be made by anyone with a valid project that will benefit young people aged between 11 and 18 in the Bridgwater area. The young delegates will be invited to scrutinise grant applications submitted for youth activities and make awards up to £500 per project. There is £5,000 available in this scheme. Youth Grant PolicyYouth Grant Application form
Cllr Smedley, Chair of Finance and Policy said “The Town Council has lost nearly £90,000 in income due to COVID-19 but we have nevertheless protected our grant schemes for the Towns community centres and are pleased to provide further grants for community groups, youth projects and to maintain our tree planting scheme. We recognise the excellent work of the community, in particular the need for increased support for youth and not forgetting the threat of Climate Change. Initially, there will be £5,000 available each for community and youth grants schemes and we will keep this under review. The Tree Planting fund will help increase tree cover within Bridgwater. As at November 2019, tree cover in Bridgwater is only 7%. This is way below the national average of 13% (which is way below the European average of 35%). Evidence states that trees are essential for creating a healthier atmosphere and environment by removing the harmful emissions from the air”.