Sedgefield community groups to receive share of £150,000 Sainsbury's funding pot (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Sedgefield community groups to receive share of £150,000 Sainsbury's funding pot
COMMUNITY groups are celebrating after receiving a share of a £150,000 funding pot.
Last night (Monday, March 11), Sedgefield Town Council revealed the projects it believes most deserve a cut of the money, which was offered as a goodwill gesture by Terrace Hill, the developers of the new Sainsbury’s store.
Of the seven groups vying for a share, five were successful, including Sedgefield Out of School Fun Club, which will receive £10,000 towards the cost of replacing its existing building at Sedgefield Primary School.
Manager Paula Tomys said the building would only last another two years, meaning the club, which provides affordable childcare to working parents, would have to close if it cannot find the £73,000 needed.
“Hopefully this grant will attract other donors,” she addded.
Sedgefield Harriers, meanwhile, will receive £40,000 towards the cost of creating a floodlit running track at Sedgefield Community College.
Other projects to receive grants are Sedgefield 1st Scouts, which was granted £15,000 towards the cost of refurbishing the Scout Hall; Sedgefield Bowling Club, which will receive £22,500 to help pay for a new bowling green; and Sedgefield Squash Club, which will receive £22,500 towards the cost of building a new court.
Councillor John Robinson, Mayor of Sedgefield, said it had been a difficult decision, adding: “We discussed the merits of all the projects and felt the money should be given to sustainable capital schemes which have a real chance of succeeding.”
The remaining £20,000 will be used to fund a neighbourhood plan and to set up a small funding pot for grants up to £2,000.