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Local organisations set to receive more than £19,000 in community grants

Seventeen local organisations are set to receive £19,800 in community grants from Forest of Dean District Council to help boost their community engagement and the services they deliver.

The grants will be used for a range of projects from helping local sports clubs improve their facilities, to a new greenhouse for a community garden and supporting the setup costs for a local Arts festival.

Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Paul Hiett, said,

“Throughout the last couple of years, we have realised just how important community organisations are in supporting people’s health and wellbeing, reducing social isolation and bringing communities together.

“We have some amazing community groups throughout the Forest of Dean and it has been great to help them out with these grants that will hopefully make a big difference in improving the services that they offer.

“We did receive applications for more than three times the amount of funding we had available. This has meant that we were unable to support every application and led to some difficult decisions. However, we will be offering further advice and guidance to those which were unsuccessful this time around.”

The Community Grants Fund is aimed at building capacity of the community rather than directly delivering services and will focus on projects that are trying to reinstate community activity which was available pre-pandemic and also support Sustainable Community Food projects. 

The funding available to groups for 2022/2023 is £19,800 with one-off revenue grants of up to £3,000 available for constituted groups and one-off grants of up to £500 available for non-constituted groups. 

Successful applicants will have been contacted by the Council’s Community Wellbeing team, informing them of how much they have been allocated. Unsuccessful applicants will be contacted with advice of alternative funding options that may be available to them.

Full list of successful applicants and how much they have been allocated



Number (if applicable) 

Amount awarded 

Summary of the purpose of awarded grant 

Spike and Shoes Circuits



To help with rent and to buy mats to support their activities

Together We Can

Voluntary Organisation


Materials to support activities

CANDI Youth Space



Sofa and bean bags for their quiet space


Voluntary Organisation


To contribute towards their Arts festival in Newent

Bream Cricket Club



To improve access and enable inclusion

Wyedean Canoe Club



To help buy new boats

Friends of Pan Tod

Voluntary Organisation


To help buy signage, a strimmer, and mower

Lydbrook Memorial Hall



To buy cooker to support activities

Bream Amateurs Football Club



To help buy fencing to improve safety

Clearwell Recreation Ground Management Committee

Voluntary Organisation


To help buy fencing for growing spaces

Cinderford Bowling Club



To buy a step to increase accessibility of bowling green

Wilde Earth Journeys CIC

Community Interest Company


To contribute to the development of community garden/walks   

Yorkley Village Garden

Voluntary Organisation


To help buy equipment and support essential training.

Parkside & Friends



To purchase a new greenhouse 

Sedbury Space



To contribute towards sessional staffing 

Mid-Wyedean Churches (Redbrook Youth Group)



To contribute towards sessional staffing and activities run by the project

Newnham Archery Club



To help purchase portable targets to support their projects


Contact Information

Forest of Dean Communications Team