In May 2021, the Town Council gave grants totalling £28,481 to projects and activities beneficial to the people of Buckingham.
Due to the profound impact of Coronavirus on Buckingham, some of last year's grant projects were not able to take place and the funding that had been awarded was unclaimed. Unused funding from the previous year was made available to 2021/22 applicants in order to help groups impacted by Coronavirus bounce back stronger than ever.
Two projects from last year are also continuing through 2021 due to changes of circumstances. This includes Swan Community Hub’s Job Club: giving extra support to residents who have lost their job and would benefit from completely free help with job applications, CVs and interview practice.
This year the Town Council is supporting: after school activities for young people, financial advice, palliative and end of life nursing care at home, a classical music festival, LED lighting, installation of a baby change table, bus trips for isolated people and much more.
Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley met the grants recipients’ outdoors on the 14th June to distribute the grant cheques and hear more about the projects that are being funded. Cllr. Gateley said that “It was a great pleasure to meet representatives from many of the voluntary groups which support and enrich our community. These organisations have been especially important and have made a real difference during the difficult time experienced by many people over the last year. It is good that the Town Council is able to support them as they continue their work in the coming year.”
For full details of the amounts given and to whom, please see the table below:
|Citizens Advice Bucks||£ 5,346 per annum |
(3 year grant)
|Free expert advice on a range of issues including financial advice.|
|Bucks Youth Clubs Ltd||£ 5,200 per annum|
(3 year grant)
|After school youth sessions and trips for young people with trained staff|
|Buckingham Old Gaol||£ 3,000 per annum|
(3 year grant)
|Maintaining this unique museum and it’s local history exhibits|
|Buckingham Summer Festival||£ 2,000||Summer classical music festival|
|Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity||£ 2,000||Palliative and end of life care in Buckingham.|
|Stowe Sub Aqua Club||£ 1,500||Increasing banked air capacity so more people can take part|
|Buckingham West End Bowls Club||£ 1,500||LED lighting to improve environmental impact of building.|
|Buckingham Area Rural Transport||£ 1,200||Trips into Buckingham by bus from rural areas|
|Project Street Life||£ 1,200||Residential activities weekend away for young people|
|Buckingham Lawn Tennis Club||£ 1,000||Repainting and relining of the Tennis courts|
|Chandos Park Bowls Club||£ 1,000||Bowling green maintenance|
|The Slade Recreation Club||£ 1,000||Replacement of fire doors|
|Friends of the Old Gaol||£ 830||Museum bathroom refurbishment including baby changing table|
|Buckingham Churches Children's Holiday Club||£ 750||Insurance, copying and other admin costs|
|Open House||£ 600||Supports people who are no longer carers. Transport costs for day trips for members|
|Buckingham & District Angling Association||£ 355||Repair of fishing areas and access pathways|