£30,000 up for grabs for community groups with ideas on how to make Dalston a better place to live

PUBLISHED: 13:49 13 February 2012

Over £30,000 in grants is up for grabs by community groups in Dalston, who have ideas on how to make it a better place to live.

The priorities for the 2012 first round of funding are:

• Bring different communities within the ward closer together through events and volunteering.

• Increase support for older people living alone in the home and in the community.

• Reduce the number of families living in poverty through skilled work opportunities.

• Reduce incidents of drug offences and violent crime through drug awareness, personal safety and anti-violence programmes.

In total, £33,910 is on offer over four years to community groups, who can apply for grants from between £250 to £2,500.

It is part of the government’s £80m Community First fund, encouraging people in deprived communities to give their time and expertise to local projects, to raise money and improve the area.

Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who is part of Dalston Community First, which is managing the fund, said “Dalston is a Ward with a myriad of challenges for its residents.

“The area is undergoing substantial planning and social changes that local people need to influence through engagement and we hope this small pot of money can help facilitate that.”

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