Community groups in Luton share in £92,530 EU funding

26 local groups in Luton have benefited from successful bids totalling £92,530 from the European Social Fund - one of two key grants from European Union.
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The organisations have been awarded grants of ranging from £2,450 to up to £5,000.

Cllr Hazel Simmons, leader of Luton Borough Council, said: “The community projects and their supporters have responded well to the online voting process and we are delighted that these funds will go toward helping projects which, for example, will help people learn new skills and will help tackle the issues which prevent them from finding better jobs.

"They will especially benefit groups such as older people and those with mental or physical health conditions and will help encourage communities to come together."

The successful organisation are listed below (includes percentage of bid and amount awarded):

> Community Needs - Digital Skills (100%) £5,000

> Grow Your Potential - Building Potential (100%) £5,000

> Quba Trust - Joining Hands for Community Development (100%) £5,000

> Big Health & Fitness - COVID Recovery (100%) £4930.85

> Friends of Bright Eyes - Inclusion Matters (100%) £4,645

> Healthy Minds - Mental Physical Health Workshops (100%) £5,000

> 21st Century Parenting - Engaging Teenagers Programme (100%) £4,035

> Organisation of Culture & Character - Mental Health & Wellbeing (75%) £3,300

> Beechill Community Primary School - Developing Together (75%) £3,750

> Mary Seacole Housing Association - Up Cycling (75%) £3,750

> Beyond the Ropes - Boxing Save (75%) £3,750

> Success Makers Education - Empowering parents (75%) £3,750

> Dallow ABC – Mind over Matter (75%) £3,750

> Hockwell Ring Amateur Boxing Club (75%) £3,525

> Empowering Education committed to Education – Empowering Women Empowering Men (75%) £3,750

> Shri Guru Ravidass Sangat – Digital Skills (75%) £3,750

> Sporting Links – Let’s Come Together (75%) £3,713

> Edible High Town Planting Seed (50%) £2,500

> Luton Elite Badminton Club - Junior Coaching sessions (50%) £2,500

> The Safer Luton Partnership - Good neighbours- Festival Celebrations (50%) £2,500

> Creaky Bones Club Health & Wellness - The Good life Project (50%) £2,450

> Stopsley Baptist Church – Green House mentoring (50%) £2,483

> Olive Tree Church – Beat Obesity (50%) £2,500

> Next Generation Youth Theatre – Up Our Streets Pop-ups (50%) £2,500

> Recovery College – Food and Mood (50%) £2,500

> Music 24 – Mind Our Music (50%) £2,500

Rehana Faisal, chairman of Luton Local Action Group (LLAG - CLLD Programme), said: "The process is a creative way of allocating resources where local residents ultimately are given the opportunity to be able to vote on the projects they want to see making a difference in their local areas.

“These funds have proved to be a success over the years as they have enabled many organisations to improve the service and facilities they provide to support their local communities.”