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Community shop, village hall and first responders receive grant funding

Craven District Council Community Grants Sub-Committee has awarded £2000 in grant funding to Clapham Community Shop Ltd, while Skipton First Responders and Long Preston Village Hall will receive up to £1000 and £150 respectively.

Clapham Community Shop Ltd were awarded £2000 towards the costs of opening a community owned and run shop and post office to serve the village of Clapham. Keeping a shop in the village will help support the local economy and reduce social isolation for older or less able members of the community who do not have access to other stores.

Don Gamble, Chair of the group said, "We're delighted that we've been awarded a grant towards the costs of setting up a community-owned shop and post office for Clapham. The grant supports the community-led effort to provide a much-needed rural service for residents as well as visitors to our village."

Skipton First Responders were awarded up to £1000 to help them raise awareness of the group, attract more volunteers and educate the wider community in the importance of hands-only CPR and early intervention during a cardiac arrest.

Long Preston Village Hall were awarded up to £150 towards the cost of improving lighting in the hall. The new lighting will allow the audience to better see what's happening on stage, which is expected to increase the use of the facility.

Councillor Carl Lis, Lead Member for Communities, says: "It is great to see local residents taking initiatives to improve the quality of life in their communities. Well done to all three of the grant recipients."

Under the Council's Community Grant Scheme for 2014-15, eligible community groups can apply for up to £2,000 in financial support. The scheme is aimed at increasing the number of people getting involved in community projects and at allowing existing groups to try out new initiatives. Craven District Council are particularly keen to fund new groups and those that have never applied to us before.

Local groups that want to have their proposals considered at the next committee meeting in December must submit a completed application by 5th December 2014.