Four groups in Northamptonshire are celebrating after sharing £10,000 from Central England Co-operative’s Community Dividend Fund.
The four different projects received a slice of £10,495, with a total of £55,000 handed out to 35 good causes across 16 counties.
The cash was handed to Burton Latimer Town Cricket Club, Weldon Primary Community Group, Brigstock Women’s Institute and Weekly Rovers Under 7s.
Weldon Primary Community Group were handed the largest funding boost, picking up £4,705 to help pay for the much-needed refurbishment of a play area at the heart of the village.
The money will mean that the play area will eventually be open to all ages – even allowing adults to use the park to exercise.
Burton Latimer Town Cricket Club will use £4,300 towards the installation of security gates after two break-ins at the site saw goods taken and damage caused.
Ian Watson, from Burton Latimer Town Cricket Club, spoke of why they applied for a grant from the Community Dividend Fund.
He said: “We most grateful to the Central England Co-operative for this generous grant which will help us to improve security of our premises by providing security grilles on all windows and doors. “Unfortunately the club has suffered two break-ins over the last couple of years and expensive equipment has been taken. We have also suffered damage to our premises. The club is solely run by volunteers for the benefit of boys and girls as well as senior men’s and ladies teams. We receive no other funding so can ill afford to replace equipment. The new arrangements will ensure the club provides the best facilities for the local community.”
Brigstock Women’s Institute were handed £1,140 to pay for new curtains to spruce up the WI Hall where they hold their meetings.
Glenda Stephen, Secretary of Brigstock WI, said: “The generous grant from Central England Co-operative will enable us to purchase flame retardant curtains to replace the 30 year old ones we have now. The curtains will enhance the ambience of the hall for all those who use it.
“We are extremely grateful that you have awarded us the grant and are extremely excited to see the new look.”
Weekly Rovers Under 7s will spend a £350 grant on new football kit for the coming season.
Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are handed out every three months to a wide range of applicants.
The fund guarantees that at least one per cent of the Society’s trading profit is reinvested in local communities in a bid to help projects to thrive across its trading area of 16 counties from the Midlands to the east coast.
Martyn Cheatle, Chief Executive of Central England Co-operative, said: “I would like to urge all of our members to get in touch and put forward a community cause close to their heart for the Community Dividend scheme.”
People can apply for funding by visiting https://communities.centralengland.coop/ or heading in store to pick up an application form.
Potential applicants have to have been a Central England Co-operative member for six months, the project should be in the trading area of a Central England Co-operative store and all applications will need a referee.