COMMUNITY groups in Elland have been given a £7,000 boost.
The first nine groups to receive funding from Calderdale’s Community First have got a share of £33,910.
Brian Mansfield told residents at the Elland Ward Forum: “This money is available for community groups to improve their work.”
Among the first to benefit is Blackley Cricket Club who received £700 towards junior coaching, the Elland Anchormen who got £390 to develop their headquarters into a centre for performing arts, and £2,500 went to the Elland Baths Community Association for a refurbishment feasibility study.
Elland Charity Carnival got £400, Elland and District Girlguiding got £500 for work in taking pride in the district and Elland Juniors FC for £500 for new goal posts for 9x9 football.
Elland Tuesday Club got £635 to take elderly residents on a seaside trip and Prospect House Social Club got £725 for a bingo machine and trip for pensioners. Talbot House got £500 towards its community garden project.
Community First is a national £80m government-funded initiative that will run until March 2015.
It is designed to improve sport and leisure facilities, celebrate Elland through organised events, improve green and open spaces and support activities.
Elland-based groups can now apply for the second round of funding, which is £7,200, with further funding becoming available of 2013.14 of £8,488 and 2014/15 of £11,309.