More than 30 community and voluntary groups have applied for funding under a new grant scheme launched by the Isle of Wight Foundation.
The Foundation, funded jointly by Ringway Island Roads, Meridiam, Fondation d’enterprise VINCI pour la Cité and VINCI Concessions, was launched in the summer to help support projects which tackle social exclusion on the Island.
The applications will now be assessed to determine which best meet the Foundation’s goal to make a difference to people’s lives, in particular those that help build stronger communities or provide better access to training and employment.
Representatives from the four funding partners that make up the selection panel have also appointed Mike Bulpitt, Chief Executive of Community Action Isle of Wight, as a local expert with considerable community knowledge to help the panel to review the applications.
Mike Bulpitt said: “This is a very welcome opportunity for local community and voluntary groups to secure funding for their projects and I’m delighted that so many have chosen to apply for funding. I look forward to reviewing the applications and supporting the foundation as it makes the final decisions.”
Project applications will initially be shortlisted with follow-up visits made to ensure a full picture of the proposed project and its funding can be identified. Grants will then be announced in December before the funding award is made early in the New Year.