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Thriving communities grants

Published
14.02.2020

Gloucestershire County Council is helping communities to thrive through the ‘Thriving Communities Grant’. Find out how the grants have made a difference in your community and how your constituents can apply.

The Thriving Community Grants were promoted to the community and voluntary sector through the establishment of the first Know Your Patch networks. The Know Your Patch Networks are for those working with individuals and groups to help people stay independent for longer and lead full and happier lives.

It is to connect and help strengthen relationships between statutory, health, social care, and voluntary/ community sector practitioners. To help strengthen community connections rather than replace them. Gloucestershire County Council initiated the Know Your Patch Networks in January 2018. You can find out more at https://knowyourpatch.co.uk/

What is a Thriving Communities Grant?

The purpose of the thriving community grants are to support the community in the Gloucestershire area to deliver projects that help people( including carers) to stay well and to live independently for as long as possible.

Gloucestershire County Council wanted to invest in existing projects or new projects that are innovative and helped to address some of the key areas identified in the Community and Wellbeing survey. These areas included social isolation, supporting people with mental ill health or low-level dementia and transport solutions, or other areas identified at the Know Your Patch networks.

How many projects have we awarded with a grant?

30 Thriving Community grant applications were awarded for 2018/2019; this has more than doubled for 2019/2020 with 62 projects being awarded.

The total amount of funding allocated for 2018/19 was £365,859.40 and this was split across the localities with 26% going to the Stroud area.

The grants have helped support an additional 3214 people across the county during 2018/19 with the numbers being even higher in 2020.

This is a great achievement and demonstrates the excellent work through the Know Your Patch networks and Your Circle website.

 

What kind of projects have been funded by the grant?

Projects from 2018/19 include a photography group from Stroud, a cancer support group in Coleford and dementia support in the Forest of Dean. Please contact the Thriving Communities team if you’d like more information thrivingcommunities@gloucestershire.gov.uk

 

Feedback

We have received some excellent feedback. Here are some of the comments and feedback that were given from the individuals who were supported through the thriving community’s grants.

“A lady whose daughter has moved to Gloucester and does not enjoy meeting new people, has joined Knit and natter and the Walking for Health Group and states that these activities have given her a new circle of friends and she feels confident to come into the Community Café for a drink”.

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“It has given me my life back, my enthusiasm for life is much better”

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“Thanks so much for arranging the much-needed wellbeing group and bringing us all together. You have brought so much positivity and wellbeing in our lives”

 

How to apply

The applications for 2019/20 have now closed but applications for 2020/21 will open in June 2020.

The grants are awarded to new projects or existing projects that are innovative and make a positive difference to your community by giving support to projects that:

  • Help to promote social engagement and create connections
  • Build confidence and provide activities, social groups and learning opportunities in communities
  • Support /empower people to act for themselves
  • Create meeting spaces that are safe and accessible for all
  • Organisations that are funded will be required to monitor and evaluate the outcomes of their project.

Grants will be awarded up to £7500.

To request an application form please send an email specifying where your project will be delivered to thrivingcommunities@gloucestershire.gov.uk

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