District council offers cycling events grants

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Communities, groups, schools and businesses across Babergh are being urged to apply for grant funding to promote a cycling event in their area.

Grants of up to £500 are available to help support events or activities that involve cycling.

Babergh District Council is desperate for communities to apply for the grants and, as the events have to be held before the end of March 2016, they are urging people to get in touch.

To date, several grants have been applied for including successful cycling events being held by Stowmarket Town Council and Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury.

The funding is part of Babergh’s commitment to supporting the Suffolk Year of Cycling and to celebrate The Women’s and Men’s Tour flying through the districts earlier this year.

It can be used for a various amount of activities or events including running a cycling safety event, a family cycling day or to simply gather cycling enthusiasts together and partake in a day of cycling, amongst other things.

District councillor Jan Osborne, Babergh’s lead member for health, wellbeing and communities, said: “Cycling is one of those sports where there are so many benefits. It’s a brilliant family activity and good for all age groups as well as providing a real boost for people’s physical and mental health.

“We would love to have more cycle routes opened up so that more and more people can enjoy safer cycling in a more accessible manner.

“But, in the meantime, I know these grants could help schools, businesses or communities to encourage people out and onto their bikes and I’d urge anyone who thinks they may be able to use one to get in touch.”

For more information about the fund, how to apply and to receive an application form, please contact Jo Beever, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils’ Grants Officer, on 01449 724654 or email Josephine.Beever@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk.