Whitemoss Community Fund Hits New High

Whitemoss Community Fund Hits New High

2020 has been unprecedented in many ways and for the Whitemoss Community Fund it has been unprecedented for all the right reasons as the funding given to local groups smashes previous year totals.

The Fund was relaunched in 2019 with the amount available to award in the local area forecast to potentially double from previous years. To prepare for the increase in the size of the Fund, the criteria was amended to allow groups from an extended area to apply for larger grants twice each year.

The Fund size has been steadily rising since it launched in 2015 and as predicted 2020 saw the biggest annual amount yet awarded with a huge £173,847 given away in grant support. The windfall was split between 11 groups. Six awards were made in February and the latest awards are now being announced.

The latest five local groups who are to receive cash boosts this year are:

  • St Thomas the Martyr Church in Up Holland can continue their project to create a community café and cinema with an award of £24,000.
  • Skelmersdale Ecumenical Centre will be able to upgrade the kitchen and dining room thanks to a grant of £17,760.
  • Rainford Tennis Club will use their £17,000 grant to connect the Clubhouse to the National Grid and help ensure the Club’s sustainability.
  • The Greenhill Community Hub will continue their programme of improvements with the installation of new external doors using their £13,000 award.
  • Shevington Sharks ARLFC and Shevington FC will be able to finish their new c.£800,000 Community and Recreational Centre project with a small grant of £5,000 for purchasing furniture.

On hearing the good news Jeanette Newman, Director at the Greenhill Community Hub, said: “We are absolutely relieved to be getting this grant to replace external doors that desperately need replacing. No more worrying about the doors falling off their hinges!  The new design also offers better security and greatly improved accessibility, helping our volunteers and the groups adjust to their new normal under the Covid-19 measures. We know our visitors never appreciated relying on us to let them into The Greenhill especially in bad weather, now they will be able to go straight into the hall where their activity is taking place. We feel this is so much more welcoming.”

Funding for the Whitemoss Community Fund is provided from the Whitemoss landfill site in Skelmersdale through the Landfill Communities Fund. Veolia, the UK’s leading resource management company acquired Whitemoss Landfill in January 2019. Veolia provides a wide range of recycling and waste management services across the UK.

Mark Langabeer, General Manager of Whitemoss Landfill said: “Veolia look forward to continuing the great work that has been achieved through the Whitemoss Community Fund, and we hope the changes to the Fund will encourage even more worthy applications.”

The Fund has awarded grants to local communities around the site each year since 2010. So far 62 local projects have benefited from the Fund.

The next application deadline is 4 November 2020 (decisions January 2021). Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 are available for community projects in the funding area.

Click below to find out more about the Fund and how to apply.