THE 2016/17 Forest of Dean District Council (FoDDC) community grants pot is now open for applications, with a share of £19,800 available.

Not-for-profit voluntary and community groups, whether constituted or non-constituted, are welcome to apply for up to £2,000 per project.

Last year’s grants helped 27 different local organisations, supporting a wide variety of local community initiatives ranging from environmental projects, community building repairs, support and advice to vulnerable groups, equipment and materials for voluntary activity groups and specialised volunteer training.

Cllr Terry Hale, Cabinet member for the community, says: “The aim of the grants is to build capacity within the community, rather than directly delivering services. This is a real chance for local money to go to the community for projects which residents want to see happen.

“We are particularly keen to receive applications from small informal groups who carry out lots of important work for the benefit of the local community.”

Application packs are available from the council’s website at Visit the ‘community and living’ section on the site and then select ‘community grants’.  Alternatively contact the community engagement team on 01594 812617.

The closing date for applications is 4pm, on Friday July 8.