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Groups benefit as cash is given out; Community organisations collect thousands of pounds.

Byline: STEVE EVANS

COMMUNITY groups across Nuneaton and Bedworth have been given a cash boost with funding for everything including the kitchen sink.

A total of pounds 48,700 is being handed over to 17 organisations as part of this year's Nuneaton and Bedworth community development fund allocation.

Members of Warwickshire County Council's Nuneaton and Bedworth area committee have agreed the cash awards.

In the borough, 43 organisations applied for funding - an increase of 14 on last year - and of those 17 were successful. The county council says that some of those applying for funding were re-directed to other "more appropriate" sources of funding.

Throughout Warwickshire pounds 166,650 is available through the community development fund, with the largest pot allocated to Nuneaton and Bedworth.

Funds are allocated to each area committee according to the level of deprivation, the size of the population and access to services within the area.

Area committee chairman Cllr Barry Longden (Lab, Stockingford) said: "I'm delighted to see an increase in the number of groups applying for funding.

"The Community development fund is yet another area where Warwickshire County Council is reaching into the community to make a real difference at a grass-roots level.''

Groups collecting cash awards in Nuneaton and Bedworth include:

Nuneaton Credit Union (pounds 5,000) for an outreach project to recruit volunteers and help the service.

Disablement Information Advice Line, Nuneaton (pounds 5,000) for an outreach project with black minority ethnic communities.

Camp Hill Church Hall management committee (pounds 3,510) to establish a new community group in Camp Hill which will manage the church hall for use by all the community. The grant will finance set-up costs to include computer, printer, mobile phone, stationary and various furniture and advertising materials.

The Salvation Army Bedworth Outreach Centre, Leicester Street (pounds 4,825) to buy essential shop, kitchen and lounge equipment.

Tom Ellis Court, School Lane, Exhall (pounds 2,000) to establish a community room for the new Tom Ellis Court Tenants and Residents Association. The grant will pay for seating, tables, notice board and curtains.

Exhall Cedars Pre-school (pounds 500) for a development project to create appropriate learning materials for children from black minority ethnic communities.

The Ford Residents Association, Stockingford (pounds 5,000) to buy and build a youth 'hangout' shelter as a valuable resource to the local area.

Nuneaton Club for Young People Ltd (pounds 5,000) to replace main hall floor to offer facilities for conferences and training.

Abbey Fields Neighbourhood Nursery, Nuneaton (pounds 1,000) to purchase a garage to store the group's equipment.

Furnace Fields Parents Centre, Bedworth (pounds 343) to run creches and purchase equipment and toys.

Home-Start North-East Warwickshire Ltd (pounds 2,500) to provide a new kitchen to include a coffee bar.
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