Up to £100K funds for community projects available

Archaeological dig in Goldingham Hall. Pictured Sally Bartrum(blue ) with Diana Courtman and Peter Hogan on the dig ANL-150106-003659009

Archaeological dig in Goldingham Hall. Pictured Sally Bartrum(blue ) with Diana Courtman and Peter Hogan on the dig ANL-150106-003659009

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The fifth round of a funding scheme which has helped several community projects in the area will see another £100,000 made available in grants.

Braintree District Council’s Mi Community scheme has been extended for a fifth year and is now open for applications, with a further £100,000 of funding being made available to groups and projects that can demonstrate how they will be of benefit to community life.

The aim of Mi Community is to inspire local people to identify the issues that affect their area and enable them, with financial investment and professional support, to turn their ideas into reality.

Previous successful applicants include Stour Valley Archaeology Group’s bid to fund digs at Goldingham Hall in Bulmer.

Applicants are invited to put forward their proposals with ideas on how to support community projects and transform key local facilities.

The first four rounds of funds have seen 49 successful groups gain investment for a range of projects that included: equipping an independent and dedicated office space for a foodbank, purchasing catering equipment and furniture to provide regular lunches for more of a village’s older residents and establishing a community owned micro-brewery to support a community pub.

Braintree district councillor Gabrielle Spray, chair of the Mi Community Working Group, said: “I would invite any community group, sports club or school that thinks they can meet the Mi Community requirements to submit an application for this round of funding.

“Each year the programme receives a host of exciting applications, and it has been our privilege to offer funding to some truly inspiring and positive projects.”