Council's grant scheme to go ahead

May 04 2020

ORGANISATIONS that improve
the lives of people in Keynsham
will soon be able to apply for
grants from the town council.
The council has decided to
continue the awards process
despite the coronavirus.
Any charity, voluntary or
public-sector organisation
working in Keynsham for the
benefit of Keynsham residents is
entitled to apply from April 1.
Application packs will be
available from the town council
(see details at the end of this
article) from Wednesday April 1
to Friday May 1.
Council staff can help in the
completion of grant application
forms if required.
The closing date for
applications is noon on Friday
May 15.
This year, the town council
will allocate about £20,000 in
general grants and £10,000 in
grants for environmental and
sustainable projects.
These will be awarded
to support local groups and
organisations. Grants of up to
£1,000 are available.
Councillor Dave Biddleston,
chairman of grants committee,
said: “Keynsham has a wealth of
community organisations and
volunteers providing support and
activities for all sections of our
community. It was a privilege to
make the awards last year.”
The council has delayed the
decision-making until August,
although this may occur earlier
if the Government passes
legislation allowing councils and
committees to meet virtually.
The presentation evening
has also been put back, from
July until October. This will be
subject to whatever Government
advice on social distancing is
operating at the time, and the
presentations may also need to
happen virtually.
l If you think your group might
benefit from a grant, contact
Dawn Drury, Deputy Town Clerk,
by emailing deputytownclerk@
Methods of contacting the
town council – by phone, by post
or in person - are being affected
by the coronavirus.
See our story on Page 3 for
more details or see the most
up-to-date information on
the council’s website at www.

LAST year’s grants awards of between £100 and £1,000 included:
l Keynsham Walkers Are Welcome – towards a two-day walking festival
l Keynsham Life Saving Club – towards the hire of training facilities
and transport to competitions
l 1st Keynsham Guides – to provide first-aid training, Makaton signing
and creative activities such as cooking and craft
l Keynsham Bowling Club –towards replacing the irrigation system for
its bowling green
l Keynsham Cricket Club – to buy playing shirts for six teams from the
ages of 11 to 15
l Golden Oldies Charity –to support ‘sing and smile’ lessons that reach
out to the older, isolated and vulnerable disabled members of the
Keynsham community