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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Piggy bank to help pay for community schemes in west Cumbria

A community piggy bank to help pay for local projects has been launched in west Cumbria.

Sharon Barnes photo
Sharon Barnes

The ‘Ewanrigg Community Piggy Bank’ has been set up by the resident group Ewanrigg Local Trust (ELT) to help bring lasting improvements to the area.

The group has put a share of a £1million Big Lottery investment into the piggy bank to fund community activities and training events.

The group has been working for years on an action plan, which has recently been approved by funders and aims to introduce new projects, reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, improve welfare and wellbeing and increase aspiration, learning and attainment.

They hope the piggy bank will increase opportunities for sports, arts, health, welfare, learning, training and work in Ewanrigg.

Community groups or individuals can apply for up to £3,000 for projects or schemes that must show a direct benefit to people in the area.

There is no deadline and applications will be accepted over the next 10 years of the Big Lottery programme.

Chairwoman Sharon Barnes said: “We hope that this funding will kick-start more opportunities for Ewanrigg residents.

“New community groups may be set up, or existing groups could expand. We’d like to help residents try out new sports, arts and health activities that they may then go on to take up on a longer term basis.

“The funding might also mean that an individual can access training or equipment that they need to gain employment or set up a business.

“We have made the application process and criteria very simple. We want to encourage anyone to apply. we want people with really good ideas to get in touch and help make Ewanrigg an even better place to live.”

For more information see www.ewanrigg.com or call 01900 819575.

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