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Residents can receive up to £5k for community projects

Middlesbrough residents are being invited to apply for funds of up to £5,000 to make positive changes to life in their community.

The Empower Middlesbrough Community Action Fund will provide grants to fund community-led projects across a wide range of areas like learning, health and employment.

Examples of projects that could be considering for funding include:

  • A food growing project to promote healthy lifestyles
  • A homework club
  • New seating and plants to improve a community space
  • Annual events to promote community spirit and get people working together
  • A local meet-up to tackle loneliness and social isolation
  • Accredited first aid training for your community group

The fund is part of a wider campaign called Empower Middlesbrough, led by Middlesbrough Council in partnership with organisations across the town.

Empower Middlesbrough will see the Council and its partners work with residents and community groups to make sure that everyone in Middlesbrough can live a healthy, happy and secure life.

A number of drop-in sessions have been organised and will take place at:

  • Neptune Centre Community Hub/Library: Thursday, May 2 2019, from 10am to 2pm.
  • Breckon Hill Community Centre: Tuesday, May 7 2019, from 11am to 2pm.
  • North Ormesby Community Hub: Monday, June 3 2019, from 11am to 2pm.

An application form for the Community Action Fund can be found on the Empower Middlesbrough website. Funding is usually awarded within 4 to 6 weeks from application.