Locally important projects supported by council grants

Ruskin Museum

Community grants worth £285,000 have been earmarked to support projects across South Lakeland ranging from rural broadband installation to new playgrounds.

The money has been awarded, or has been recommended for approval, by SLDC through its Locally Important Projects funding scheme.

The applications are intended to support SLDC's Council Plan priorities on environment, housing, supporting the local economy or health and wellbeing.

LIPs funding can be used to support the delivery of social facilities, improvements to paths, walkways and the local environment.

In 2015, awards worth more than £235,000 were approved, including £12,300 to Kirkby Lonsdale Parish Council towards a project to improve power supplies in Market Place, £10,000 towards the refurbishment of Witherslack Parish Hall and £9,400 towards a community gym project in Sedbergh.

The LIPs funds match other sources of funding available to local communities. Organisations that are eligible to apply for LIPs funding include parish and town councils and community organisations.

The latest projects to be recommended to receive LIPs funding, subject to any requests for clarification and relevant criteria being satisfied, are:

Arnside Educational Institute - £15,000 (increase facilities for local community)

Brigsteer Village Hall - £3,500 (car park improvements)

Burneside Parish Council - £1,000 (Riverside Project)

Crosthwaite Exchange - £3,870 (expansion of cooking facilities)

Friends of Lightburn Park, Ulverston - £20,000 (park improvement work)

Grange Athletic FC - £10,000 (supply and install a pitch drainage scheme)

Grange Town Council - £20,000 (redevelop and upgrade playground)

Kendal Rugby Club and Queen Katherine School - £18,000 (feasibility study and potential redevelopment of site)

Kendal Town Council - £20,000 (redevelop and upgrade Abbott Hall Park playground)

Kendal Town Council - £8,000 (Kendal Trail Project)

Kendal Town Council - £9,000 (improvements to footpath surface Dean Gibson to Collin Road)

Milnthorpe Play Area Development - £5,230 (fitness facility and trim trail for children)

New Hutton Parish Council - £20,000 (installation of rural broadband)

Preston Ruchard Parish Council - £10,000 (creation of footpath on A65 at Crooklands)

Ruskin Museum - £3,500 (replacement of current lighting system)

Staveley Parish Council - £7,500 (refurbishment of Ings village playground)

These applications have been approved under the council's delegated powers as they are for awards of less than £50,000.

Two further applications submitted for grants of more than £50,000 have been recommended for approval by the council's Cabinet. These grants are for:

Cartmel Township Initiative - £60,000 (alleviate traffic congestion in Cartmel)

Millerground Enhancement Project - £50,000 (relocation and redesign of children's playground)