Community Wellbeing Projects

£5k for K5 community wellbeing projects

Not-for-profit organisations based in Kidlington and the surrounding villages can now apply for grants of up to £1,000 each, to help boost health and wellbeing opportunities in the area.

Provided by Cherwell District Council’s ‘K5 Better Together’ partnership, local voluntary and charitable organisations in Kidlington and the surrounding parishes are being invited to apply for a slice of the £5,000 SPARK funding pot to extend the reach of their programmes.

The scheme has already been successfully trialled in Bicester, helping organisations to develop thriving, active and sociable communities. Examples include funding towards the creation of a youth club in Kingsmere and a grant for Bicester Green to further their community bike repair programme.

Cllr Andrew McHugh, Cherwell’s lead member for health and wellbeing, said: “K5 Better Together was launched earlier this year by our healthy place shaping team with the aim of promoting better health, wellbeing and connectivity in Kidlington and the surrounding villages. The partnership relies on existing community groups working together, helping one another to build on their excellent work for the benefit of the whole area. SPARK funding plays an important role in this, offering an easy way for these organisations to reach more people and engage with them in new and exciting ways.”

Up to £1,000 is on offer per group, for initiatives which support health and wellbeing, reduce social isolation and connect communities. These include projects which: bring new uses to or improve Kidlington village centre; support the greater understanding of the heritage of the area; improve opportunities for walking and cycling within Kidlington and surrounding villages; improve access to green spaces and opportunities for food growing; increase opportunities for participation and reducing social isolation or improve the health and wellbeing for residents.

The eligible catchment area for this pot of SPARK funding includes Kidlington, Gosford and Water Eaton, Begbroke, Yarnton, Shipton on Cherwell, Islip and Thrupp.

For more information on SPARK Funding, including guidance notes, eligibility criteria and an application form, head to: bit.ly/CherwellSPARK

14th July 2020