Improving community spaces is fund focus

A FUND to help young people in Wansbeck is looking for new nominations as it enters its second year.

The Wansbeck CVS Vantage Fund was developed in memory of the organisation’s former chief executive and community sector champion, Sheila McGuckin, who died suddenly in February 2010.

The focus of the fund in it’s second year is improving community spaces.

This may be a community building that requires improvements or a lick of paint, to making environmental improvements through the planting of trees and shrubs or providing a seating area in a community garden.

Voluntary and community sector organisations that provide facilities for the local residents to use or those who wish to improve a communal outdoor area are eligible to apply.

The fund will distribute small grants between £50 and £500 to charities and voluntary and community organisations in the former Wansbeck district of south east Northumberland.

Applications will be considered on how a grant will improve a community building or community space to make it more welcoming.

Applicants must complete a simple application form and provide copies of their constitution, annual accounts – bank statement if new group – child protection policy and any relevant quotes.

Those applying must also have agreement from the landowner for any work being undertaken and ensure the relevant insurance policies are in place.

For more information on the fund and how to submit an application, call Stephen Humphrey at Wansbeck CVS on (01670) 858688 or visit