LOCAL charities and groups are waiting to see if they will face ‘dragons’ in order to win much- needed grant money.
Twelve local causes have entered Greenham Common Trust’s ‘Pitch to the Panel’, which will see the six shortlisted causes receive a share of a £100,000 grant from the trust.
The local causes seeking to win the dragons’ favour are:
Young People and Children 1st – £14,750 for an operations manager.
Dingley Family and Specialist Early Years – £14,995 for a family support worker to help parents seeking a diagnosis for their child.
Berkshire MS Therapy Centre – £11,208.91 to buy a state-of-the-art machine that will offer relief to people with the condition.
Hoarding Disorders UK – £10,068.80 to host four information sessions to raise awareness about the illness.
The Five A Day Market Garden – £6,419 to teach children how to grow certain kinds of food, what conservation is and take part in eco art.
Berkshire Maestros – £6,250 to support the participation of West Berkshire schools in the Berkshire Music Hub's Royal Albert Hall concert.
West Berks Rapid Response Cars – £5,733.44 to fit winter grip tyres to its four rapid response cars. Also for hi-vis clothing for responders and warning equipment.
Those entering the major category section are:
Red Cross – £26,000 for a vehicle to take older people to and from hospital and help them adjust.
Mrs Williams’ Pre-school – £24,705.60 to improve the paths and children’s garden area, making it safer.
West Berkshire Therapy Centre – £31,645 for five additional power assisted machines to improve patients gait and balance, while reducing pain.
Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust – £20,084 towards the salary of an access audits officer to manage a community project across five nature reserves.
The Living Rainforest and Trust for Sustainable Living – £56,222 to open an additional glasshouse exhibition to the public.
The Newbury Weekly News is teaming up with the trust and will publish a shortlist of three minor projects (under £15,000) and three major projects (more than £15,000) in the paper and its website www.newburytoday.co.uk between October 15 and November 11.
When the shortlisted projects are announced, people can vote for their favourite via www.pitchtothepanel.com, with every vote representing £1 of ‘public top-up’ provided by the trust (up to a maximum of £10,000).
The Pitch to the Panel event will form part of The Greenham Exchange – Getting the Community Together, which will be held at Newbury’s Corn Exchange, on November 12.
For further details visit www.pitchtothepanel.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org