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Applications now open for councillor funding

Last Modified May 15, 2024

Local organisations in Hertsmere are encouraged to apply for funding to support projects that benefit the community, as part of our Ward Improvement Initiative Scheme (WIIS).

Our Ward Improvement Initiative Scheme (WIIS) gives each of our 39 councillors £750 to spend on local projects throughout the year.

The past year saw a whole host of local projects from diversity celebrations to community groups have received a much-needed boost thanks to financial contributions from borough councillors.

Councillor Christian Gray, Portfolio Holder for Communities, Neighbourhoods, Enforcement, Economic Development and Transformation, said: "Our Ward Improvement Initiative Scheme is all about helping small projects in local areas to benefit active communities. The most recent group of schemes to receive support really shows the wide range of programmes and activities that can benefit from this funding.

"WIIS allows councillors to support their local community through a wide range of programmes and activities and I hope we see lots of applications from local organisations this year."

The past financial year, 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024, there has been 41 different applications made, which gave a total spend of £25,595 to groups and organisations that are actively supporting the community.

Among the top recipients were Hertsmere Mencap for the start-up of soft play sessions in Potters Bar for children with learning difficulties. Another supported application was the Langdon Foundation who used their funding to run workshops on social communication to Jewish primary schools in Hertsmere.

Smaller pots of money were given to organisations such as Saffron Green Primary School, Tabard Rugby Club and Potters Bar Choral Society.

For more information about the Ward Improvement Initiative Scheme, please visit: www.hertsmere.gov.uk/WIIS.

Posted on Wednesday 15th May 2024

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