After launching a special community fund callout earlier this year, Newark and Sherwood Homes has begun allocating funds to successful applicants with local community groups receiving much needed support.
The housing provider revealed in May this year that it would be giving out a total of £8,000 in two rounds of grants allocations for 2017. The grants would be handed out to groups of all sizes, including charities and not for profit organisations as well as community groups, helping to make a difference to the people and environment in the Newark and Sherwood district.
One successful group to receive the funding has been the Friends of Sconce and Devon Park, which has been awarded the largest amount of £1000 to put towards an Educational Interactive Nature Trail. The historic park, which is Newark on Trent’s largest open space, will use the fund to encourage children and adults to understand wildlife, with the purchase of an ‘interpretation board’, crayons, paper, trail guide and boxes.
Paul Reed, chairman of Friends of Sconce and Devon Park said: “On behalf of our group, I would like to thank Newark and Sherwood Homes for the Community Grant Award.
“The award will be used to provide interactive nature boards which are primarily aimed at younger children and school groups who regularly use the park as part of their education. These boards will help give information on the wildlife within the park and allow them to do brass rubbings of the creatures depicted.”
The grant has been possible as a result of procurement efficiencies created by working with Efficiency East Midlands, an organisation providing efficiencies for the public sector through bulk buying to achieve savings.
Newark and Sherwood Homes will be accepting applications for the second round of community funding from mid-October, with allocations being made November 2017.