Buckingham Town Council has supported a number of organisations in the town with grants to aid them in providing facilities and services that benefit Buckingham residents. Other events, community assets and projects are supported by the Town Council in different ways.
Past Project: Swan Community Hub (One Year Grant)
Swan Community Hub received £1000 in 2019-2020, and used this towards a laptop for the Buckingham Job Club which helps unemployed people back into work, through confidence building and help with CVs and interviews. The rest of the funding was used towards running Free Summer Activity Sessions for families with young children.
The Summer Sessions focused on having free fun together at home and around Buckingham parks through crafts, sports and games. The funding supported the rent of the Community Centre for four activity sessions and take away craft, book and activity packs for families to enjoy at home together. 141 children attended the sessions and parents loved them!
Grants awarded for 2022/23 and 2022/26
In 2022, the Town Council gave grants totalling £29,118 to projects and activities beneficial to the people of Buckingham.
Four year grants were awarded for the first time – allowing local groups to plan for the future.
One Year Grants awarded 2022 – 2023
The total amount of one year grants given for 2022-23 is £7,795
|Transitions UK||£2,000||Buckingham hub, mentoring for young people at risk|
|Buckingham Town Cricket Club||£1,500||Roof mounted solar panels for the club house|
|Swan Community Hub||£1,380||Free family summer fun sessions for younger children|
|Buckingham United Football Club||£1,000||Club training equipment|
|West End Bowls Club||£1,000||Flood defences for the club house|
|Lace Hill Residents’ Association||£968||Community spirit projects, holiday events and more|
|Buckingham & District Angling Association||£623||Building an accessible for all fishing platform|
|St Peter & St Paul’s Church||£324||Platinum Beacon, to be lit as part of the Jubilee celebrations|
Four Year Grants awarded 2022-26
The total amount of four year grants given for 2022-26 is £21,323. The grant amount is paid to our four-year grant holders once a year, with a 3.5% uplift annually.
|Citizens Advice Bucks||£5,750||Free expert advice on a range of issues including financial advice|
|Bucks Youth Clubs Ltd||£5,200||After school youth sessions and trips for young people with trained staff|
|Buckingham Old Gaol||£5,000||Maintaining this unique museum and it’s local history exhibits|
|Buckingham Summer Festival||£2,000||Organise and host the annual Festival Gala Concert as part of Buckingham Summer Festival.|
|Buckingham Lawn Tennis Club||£1,500||Replace the 10 floodlights at the Tennis Club with environmentally friendly LED lamp alternatives|
|Chandos Park Bowls Club||£1,000||Maintain the Chandos Park Bowls Club Green|
|Project Street Life||£500||Residential activities weekend away for young people|
|Buckingham Fairtrade Town Steering Group||£373||Maintain Buckingham’s status as a Fairtrade Town by holding promotional events and engaging with community groups and schools.|
Past Project: Citizens Advice Aylesbury Vale (Buckingham area) (Long Term Grant)
Citizens Advice Bucks (CAB) runs an office in Buckingham that supports residents in Buckingham and the surrounding area that need help or advice. The group has been a long term recipient of grant funding from the Town Council for many years. CAAV received £5,346 in 2020, an amount which rises each year in line with population growth.
We offer provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. Citizens advice told us that:
The service, which is an independent charity, is run mainly by volunteers. In Buckingham our volunteers give in excess of 75 hours each week to help our clients. In the last year , we helped 1,167 people from the Buckingham office and dealt with 4,248 different issues. This continues to grow with the increasing population.
We help the community with all manner of issues and a variety of topics.
Debt and benefit assistance are high on our list, followed by employment and housing issues. Other areas we support local people include consumer issues and relationships. This list is not exhaustive, in fact, we have probably covered most things that affect people’s lives.
We are fortunate to have a small team who carry out home visits to those in our community who are not able to visit the office in person. Last year alone, we were successful in gaining an extra £295,000 in additional income for our clients.