£62,500 Shared by 6 Lucky Local Projects

£62,500 Shared by 6 Lucky Local Projects

Logo-WMSix extremely lucky local groups are celebrating following receiving confirmation that their bids to the Whitemoss Community Fund have been successful.

Competition for funding this year was extremely high with the largest amount of funding requested since the Fund launched all the way back in 2010.

The largest grant was scooped by Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside for a project to improve access and the river habitat at Tawd Valley Park.

Peter Heberlet from Groundwork said: “We are thrilled to be awarded this grant so that this much needed work can take place along the River Tawd in Skelmersdale. It will give more people the chance to access this wonderful and valuable natural resource and help protect it. As part of River Douglas Catchment Partnership we developed the plans with partners including West Lancashire Borough Council and the Environment Agency and the work will greatly complement the other great work that the local ‘Love My River’ volunteers and partners are doing on the Tawd”.

Untitled-5Continuing on an environmental theme Lancashire Wildlife Trust also received £15,000 to create a haven for bees within Beacon Country Park through their ‘Places for People and Pollinators’ project.

Food growing and food miles are a hot topic at the moment. Burscough Community Farm, a local social enterprise is growing organic produce right on people’s doorsteps which can be purchased directly from the farm. This relatively new Community Farm has been awarded £5,000 to improve the infrastructure for visitors to their site.

Neil Hickson from Burscough Community Farm said: “This money will be put to good use finishing off our barn, building a disabled access toilet plus several other essential infrastructure improvements. We want to reach out and bring in more people from the local community and this will help us along the way.”

Ormskirk Civic Hall will also be improved by the installation of new toilet facilities thanks to £14,597 from the Fund.

Trinity Methodist / United Reformed Church in Old Skelmersdale has recently been suffering from water ingress. Roof repairs and a damp-proof course are required to remove the problem and then internal damage caused by the water needs to be dealt with. A grant of £10,000 will allow the Church to complete all the works.

Last but by no means least, the toilets, kitchen and main room in ‘The Hut on the Hill’ in Parbold will get a £2,000 mini make-over to create a nicer environment for all community users.

This latest crop of successful schemes has taken the total awarded by the Whitemoss Community Fund to an impressive £335,000 which has been shared between 29 local projects.

Liz Payne, Manager of the Whitemoss Community Fund said: “Competition for funds was higher than ever this year and we had some incredibly difficult decisions to make.

This year’s pot of cash has been split between really diverse projects, from nature conservation schemes to toilets. All of the successful project do have one thing in common, that they will directly benefit the community, albeit in completely different ways!”

The Whitemoss Community Fund offers grants between £5,000 and £20,000 for community projects in Skelmersdale. For further details about the Fund and how to apply, please click below: