Grants help with xylophone, boom boxes and drainage

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Crawley Borough Council has awarded grants totalling £3,778 to four community groups.

The 2nd St Margaret’s Scout Group, which includes more than 110 children and young people, was awarded £2,500 for essential drainage work to allow the re-opening of their Scout Hut in Friston Walk.

Crawley Millennium Concert Band, which has more than 30 members and played at 12 events last year, has been granted £610 to buy a xylophone that it will use at events including Crawley Festival.

Crawley Audio News, which provides recorded weekly news on MP3 files, has been granted £360 as a 50 per cent contribution towards new mini boom box equipment which can support digital formats.

And CHARMS tenants’ association, made up of about 100 sheltered housing residents, has been awarded £308 for two modular tables for activities and safe storage at volunteer-led events including coffee mornings, cookery and games.

Cllr Chris Oxlade, Cabinet member for Community Engagement, said: “It’s great that we’ve been able to fund all of these groups. All four provide different yet important services to the people of Crawley, whether it’s music, activities for older people, children and young people’s activities and news for blind and partially sighted residents.

“They all do a great deal of good for the town and I’m delighted that we are able to help them with community grants.”

Phil Pratt, from Crawley Audio News, said: “This grant helps us to maintain a unique service for the blind and partially sighted in Crawley.”

Funding is usually awarded to not-for-profit voluntary groups and community organisations to assist with the costs involved in providing new or existing community services.

More information and application forms are also available online at www.crawley.gov.uk/grants.

For more details call Craig Downs, Funding and Commissioning Officer, on 01293 438763 or email craig.downs@crawley.gov.uk.