Voluntary groups in £200k boost

Published: 22 Jan 2013 14:000 comments

VOLUNTARY and community groups across Inverclyde will benefit from nearly £200,000 of funding to help improve facilities.

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VOLUNTARY and community groups across Inverclyde will benefit from nearly £200,000 of funding to help improve facilities.

The cash pot has been allocated to a range of organisations through Inverclyde Council's Community Facilities Fund.

The funding is targeted at developing play and recreational amenities.

Eleven groups secured funding, with £41,000 going to Quarriers Village to install a lift and improve disabled access to its newly revamped Somerville Weir Hall.

Support group REACH For Autism will also benefit from £37,950 to refurbish premises for a new service for children with autism.

Councillor Michael McCormick, chair of the environment and regeneration committee, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to distribute such a significant sum.

"Careful consideration was given to each and every application and I know this money will do a lot of good in our communities and will allow groups to build on the fantastic work they already do."

Other successful applications include East End United Boys' Club, who won £37,500 to create new changing facilities, and Glenpark Harriers, who netted £10,156 to carry out clubhouse repairs.

Councillor McCormick, pictured, added: "We have had some really positive feedback from people who were successful in the first round of grants.

"They agree the money has made a significant difference and allowed them to undertake a far wider range of projects than they would have been able to otherwise."

Other groups successful in this latest round of funding are: Inverclyde Community Development Trust, £30,000; Greenock Cricket & Hockey Club, £14,315; Wellington Allotment Gardens, £9,000; Inverkip Primary Parents' Association, £6,548; Wellington Pre-5 Nursery, £4,847; Greenock and District Sea Cadets, £3,125 and the Ardgowan Club, £2,300.

Meanwhile, three groups had their funding applications approved subject to further funding becoming available.

They were Parklea Branching Out (£37,500), West Coast Cinemas (£25,000) and Discover Inverclyde (£20,250).

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