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Wednesday 4 September 2019

Fantastic Funding News

The PROSPECTS Foundation has received a Community Fund grant of £10,000.

Thanks to National Lottery players The PROSPECTS Foundation has received a Community Fund grant of £10,000 to bring local people together to carry out environmental projects and activities that make a difference to the places where they live.
Barbara Sharples, the project Activity Organiser, said, “We are delighted to have been successful in the Community Fund grant to support Local PROSPECTS Panels and communities across Hyndburn.  Our project aims to reignite the local passion for environmental concerns and to encourage people to get involved and play an active role in improving their own neighbourhoods.
“We held two consultation workshops, with the help of an external facilitator, to bring together existing PROSPECTS Panel members and other interested local people to look back at what has previously been achieved, and to help identify future projects. These workshops have identified what is important to local people and what type of activities they would like to carry out across the diverse communities of the Hyndburn townships.”
The project help can include cleaning up and improving sections of the canal towpath and entrances to the canal; creating beds of flowers and bulbs for pollinator such as bees and butterflies in appropriate places; hosting involvement events which engage with schools and other local groups to gather biodiversity/wildlife data; displays in local community venues; local led walks and cycle rides to encourage people to get out and look at their local area; develop a social media presence for easy interaction with different groups of people; enable them to come together with other groups/organisations working in a similar area; hold local pop-up events to further promote community involvement and to entice people to get involved.
The funding will enable PROSPECTS to provide help to community and neighbourhood groups so they can carry out a range of practical community activities.  They will be able to access support for practical project delivery, publicity and help to bring people together to engage with more local people to demonstrate what can be achieved when people come together.
The funding is primarily for officer time for two days per week for a year, a budget for materials, equipment and running events.  The project has also received some match-funding from the EnergieKontor Windfall Fund.
Any neighbourhood, community, voluntary and faith groups who have a project idea or need help with a project can contact Barbara Sharples on 01254 230348, visit PROSPECTS at 54 Broadway, Accrington,   email, look at The PROSPECTS Foundation’s website or message PROSPECTS  through social media for more information about the project.