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Weymouth Town Council awards funding to community groups

Two organisations were awarded grants totalling just under £5,000 at last night’s meeting of Finance and Governance Committee. 

Weymouth Rowing Club and the charity Bus Shelter Dorset are the latest groups to benefit from funding from Weymouth Town Council. 

Committee Chair Cllr David Gray said: “Weymouth Town Council is delighted to be able to support local organisations with grants that help community groups and charitable organisations to prosper in the town. 

Weymouth Rowing Club received £3,000 towards creating a hard standing area near to where their gig boats are launched, and the charity The Bus Shelter Dorset was awarded £1,890 to help with training courses for rough sleepers.” 

In the application from Weymouth Rowing Club, which hosts the annual regatta in the town on May 28th, representatives said they ‘wished to convert two areas which are currently muddy / poor quality grass to hard standing. The application is for a one-off improvement to the area immediately outside the boat house which is used during the launch and recovery of gigs and for outside storage of one of our gigs’. 

The grant for Bus Shelter Dorset will help to provide training to rough sleepers with a local connection to the area. The training courses would be run by Dorset Training Academy and once qualified, residents will have greater self-sufficiency and confidence for the future. The qualifications in food safety, fire safety and first aid are designed to help residents in gaining future employment.  

Councillors also agreed to update the grants policy and raise the total amount to £3,000 for future applications. 

Visit the grants section on our website https://www.weymouthtowncouncil.gov.uk/grants-available-for-local-organisations/ to download an application form and apply for funding. 

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Notes to Editors 

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