At a time when many sources of grant funding are drying up Reading council under Labour has remained committed to maintaining and indeed increasing our funding of voluntary groups.
The latest announcement is groups that are planning projects specifically linked to the Olympics or Jubilee celebrations. They are:
" Reading Repertory Theatre - £5,000
" Reading rockets - £9,984.50
" Rising Sun Arts Centre - £9,716
" Creativity in Sport - £5,120
" Beautiful Creatures Performance Group - £6,700
" Nature Nurture CIC - £9,770
" Mapis Project CIC - £7,800
" Positive Strides - £8,800
" DSISO - £5,800
" Reading Dolphin Swimming Club - £1,170
" RBL Theatre Company - £554.50
The projects feature street theatre programmes, an innovative arts scheme providing activities for people with disabilities, environmental education projects, fashion and beauty self esteem courses for young women, healthy lifestyle sessions using basketball, an international Downs Syndrome Swimming championship and family and friends fitness holiday clubs.
A total of £70k was available through the programme. The successful projects were ones which deliver activities that are engaging for all ages, backgrounds and abilities. The aim of the scheme is to build on the legacy of the 2012 Games and Jubilee by encouraging more people to take up and appreciate the benefits of sport and physical activity or get involved in cultural initiatives.
Marian Livingston, Reading's Lead Councillor for Culture and Sport, said: 'We had some fantastic projects presented to us so it was hard to whittle it down to these 11 local groups. I'm sure they will all make the most of the grants to deliver some excellent initiatives for their local communities.'