Bulwell schemes celebrate grants

Bulwell Forest Garden is one of many community groups awarded a grant.
Bulwell Forest Garden is one of many community groups awarded a grant.

Two Bulwell based community groups are celebrating after being awarded community grants.

Bulwell Forest Garden and Bulwell Hall Afterschool Project are amongst several others from across the city whose applications to the EEM community grant scheme have proved fruitful.

Projects working with Nottingham City Homes (NCH) tenants and local communities were given the chance to bid for available funding of up to £30,000, provided by regional procurement consortium Efficiency East Midlands (EEM).

“We are over the moon to be awarded the £2,500 we applied for,” said chairman of Bulwell Forest Garden, Barbara Bates. “This money means we can now plan for the year ahead and build on the success of last year’s projects and activities.”

Grants are expected to be used to improve the lives of the communities member organisations work in.

Barbara added: “Much of our focus is working with families and NCH residents and the number of people getting involved in our activities keeps on growing.”

Janet Storar, chairman of the NCH Board and a tenant herself, said: “I’m really pleased with the projects we chose to support.

“I know they will use the funding to make a difference to the lives of tenants and residents across Nottingham.

“The hardest part of judging these applications is of course saying no to the projects that didn’t quite meet the criteria. We had some fantastic entries and we were sorry to turn down the projects we did, but there’s always next year.”

I look forward to hearing about the successes of the projects we’ve supported.”