Bid now to benefit local causes

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 

A project which supports Coventry’s community causes and fosters local pride has been launched again for the fifth year running.

Whitefriars Housing’s Pride in Our Street initiative gives local clubs, groups and schemes the chance to bid for between £250 and £3,000 in funding.

Launched in 2009 the scheme has already supported more than 200 projects across the city, benefiting more than 5,000 local people.

Terry Rollings, customer and community involvement manager for Whitefriars Housing, said: “Between now and May 31 we are ready to receive bids from across Coventry.

“Pride in Our Street is about supporting all the amazing work that goes on at a real grassroots level and helps people feel positive about their community.

“Over the years we’ve backed schemes that give youngsters a chance to get involved in sport, improve the local environment and reduce anti-social behaviour.

“We’re expecting a wide range of bids again this year and would encourage people to get involved.”

Winning bids will be chosen by a panel of Whitefriars’ customers.

The theme for this year’s Pride in Our Street is ‘vulnerable people’ and bids are encouraged for schemes which work with these groups including young people, older people, lone parents and those with disabilities.

Launched in 2009, previous winners of funding include community centres, Friends of Willenhall Woodland and the Cheylesmore Olympics, run by West Midlands Police.

Delivered in August 2012 the Cheylesmore Olympics offered a six-week programme of free sports activities to more than 60 youngsters. This included football matches run in partnership with Sky Blues in the Community.

Held during the school holidays the scheme gave young people the chance to try new skills, make friends and led to zero reports of anti-social behaviour.

Police Community Support Officer Sarah Coton said: “The project was a response to issues with anti-social behaviour in the area which were linked to a lack of activities for young people.

“Working with Sky Blues in the Community we were able to offer a project which youngsters enjoyed. It kept parents and local residents happy as it meant there were no reports of anti-social behaviour.

“Without Pride in Our Street funding the project wouldn’t have gone ahead.”

Bid applications for this year’s funding can be made between May 1 and May 31 2013. Applications can relate to schemes which apply to a single street or block, a whole area or are city-wide.

Bidders can apply online or call the customer involvement team on 024 7676 7008.

You can also call this number if you’re a Whitefriars customer and want to be on the panel, deciding which bids get the cash. Young people will be particularly welcome as volunteers.

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