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Funding for community projects

Tuesday 17th June 2014

RESIDENTS of High Street ward can vote for their favourite projects to receive a share of £5,500 in the latest round of Community First High Street funding.

Four applications were judged by the Community First High Street panel to meet the funding criteria, and residents can vote for their preferred project in the Maidstone Gateway from 10 June to 4 July.

 The projects are:

  • lMaidstone Mind “Green Minds” gardening project;
  • Maidstone United Reformed Church “Toybox”, enhancing the facilities at the baby and pre-school playgroup;
  • Sea Cadets - Improved IT equipment to allow cadets to achieve BTEC and Duke of Edinburgh qualifications;
  • Switch Youth Café “Switch in the Evening” – extending the youth club opening hours for four evenings a week.

High Street resident and panel member Penny Reed said: “It’s been really interesting short-listing all the projects that have been sent in. Last year we had over 700 votes in two weeks. Enthusiasm for the voting was so good that we have extended the voting to three weeks.”

The voting is being supported by the Gateway Volunteers, furthering the aim of the panel to increase volunteering in the High Street Ward.

 The funding comes from the £80 million government-funded initiative “Community First” which aims to help communities come together to plan for their future and become more resilient.