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Funding available for community-minded Lawley residents

Bournville Village Trust (BVT) is inviting residents involved in community groups and organisations in Lawley Village to apply for a grant from the Eileen Hewer Community Fund.

Grants of up to £2,000 can be awarded to existing or new community groups and organisations that are based in or benefit Lawley residents.

In addition, grants can be given to projects that enhance the environment or provide facilities for the community to use.

Previous grants have paid for kits for children’s football teams, new play equipment for nurseries, supporting the training of a professional coach for Lawley Running Club as well as buying new event equipment for a school.

Nick Freeman, Lawley Estates & Stewardship Manager at Bournville Village Trust, said: “In the past we have awarded grants to groups such as the Lawley Running Club, Lawley Primary School and Puddleducks Nursery.

“Now, groups are starting to be able to meet up again as Covid restrictions are eased, it’s an ideal time to apply for a grant and make a difference to your community.”

Marie Magness, Manager of Puddleducks Day Nursery, said: “We were so grateful to receive a grant from the Community Fund. As a charity ourselves, every grant we receive is used to purchase items to enhance the experience for our children. The grant of £1,500 enabled us to purchase outside play equipment and toys.”

The Eileen Hewer Community Fund was established in 2017 by the Lawley Village Management Committee in remembrance of Eileen who passed away in 2016.

Eileen was a Lawley Village resident who worked tirelessly to make sure residents’ voices were heard through her role as chair of Lawley Village Community Association and as a member of the Lawley Management Committee.

Applications can be made at any time and they are approved by members of the Lawley Management Committee.

Information about the Community Fund and the downloadable application form are available at www.bvtlawleyvillage.org.uk/eileen-hewer-community-fund/.

Bournville Village Trust is a community-based housing association and registered charity. Its mission is to create and sustain communities where people can thrive.

The charity provides services to 8,000 homes and 25,000 people in Birmingham and Telford.

For further details about the Eileen Hewer Community Fund, please contact the BVT Lawley Estates & Stewardship team on 01952 898524 or email LawleyStewardship@bvt.org.uk.

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