Two more projects awarded Community Covenant Grants

Members of the Bromsgrove School Combined Cadet Force shooting team
Members of the Bromsgrove School Combined Cadet Force shooting team
Published Friday, 6th March 2015

Worcestershire Partnership has helped another two applicants secure over £80,000 in grant funding from the final round of the Community Covenant Grant Scheme.

Bromsgrove School was awarded £69,999 to build to a 25-metre indoor range in the grounds of the school to make sport shooting available to all children in the local area.

Norton Worcestershire Regiment Group was awarded £11,270 to deliver a programme of activity to enable a greater education of the history of the Norton Barracks and provide a lasting legacy of the contribution and impact of the Worcestershire Regiment on the local community and beyond.

This will include the installation of information boards providing a history of the Worcestershire Regiment in the barracks and a commemorative garden within St. Peter's Garden Centre.

The Ministry of Defence established the Community Covenant Grant Scheme in 2011 allocating £30million over a four-year period to fund local projects that bring together the civilian and armed forces communities.

Since signing the covenant in June 2012, the Worcestershire Partnership have helped nine projects secure a total of £178,493 of funding from the scheme.

The Community Covenant Grant Scheme, which is now closed, was established to support the community covenant and to fund local projects that bring together the civilian and armed forces communities.  However in 2013, the Chancellor announced that funding in support of the Armed Forces Covenant would be made permanent through a £10 million per annum, in perpetuity fund from 2015/16.

The new scheme will replace all previous grant schemes including the Community Covenant Grant Scheme.  The MOD are still developing the management arrangements for the new fund and do not expect it to be open to bids before the summer.

The MOD Covenant Team hope to announce the agreed delivery model by the end of March and information on the application process should be available in May.

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities, said: "Despite having a relatively small armed forces community compared to our shire neighbours, I am delighted that Worcestershire has been so successful over the last couple of years in securing MOD funding to deliver a wide range of projects.  These will help recognise and remember the sacrifices made by the armed forces community and encourage support from the wider community.

"Although details of the new scheme are not yet known I hope that a community element will be retained so we can continue to support further applications in the future."

Major Mark Banwell MBE, Contingent Commander at Bromsgrove School, added: "The range will be a superb asset to the support the 330 cadets in the school's combined cadet force. The facility will act as a hub for local target rifle shooting enthusiasts bringing together the international level coaching talent that exists within both Bromsgrove Rifle Club and the Combined Cadet Force with local young people with a view to creating a centre of excellence for the West Midlands area – the Bromsgrove Shooting Academy.

"The academy will also deliver a coaching programme for the disabled students attending Chadsgrove Special School with whom the school have strong links."

Dennis Hodgkins, Secretary of the Norton Worcestershire Regiment Group said: "Norton Barracks were home to the Worcestershire Regiment for 85 years and the distinctive keep, which was converted into apartments, is situated within the heart of the community however may residents are unaware of its important history.

"We are delighted to have received this funding which will enable us to deliver an exciting programme of work to provide a lasting legacy to the contribution and sacrifices made by the regiment for both this county and our country."