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Witton Lodge

Local people and community groups in Perry Common have been given a financial boost to make their ideas a reality.

Witton Lodge Community Association (WLCA) is providing financial grants of up to £500 to help set up a business or project that will benefit the local community.

Based within Kingstanding, an area of Birmingham with high levels of unemployment and NEETS (young people not in employment, education or training), these grants are making a real difference on the ground.

Steve Abbott is one such local resident who has benefited from a small grant. Steve was awarded £500 to set up his graphic design business ‘Perry Graphics’ after finding himself unemployed.

Steve says “Though I have over 30 years of graphic design experience, my personal finances did not allow me to start my own business.  The £500 from WLCA alongside money from the Government Enterprise Scheme has given me the opportunity to make my business dream a reality. With support from WLCA, Perry Graphics is going from strength to strength”

Against the backdrop of austerity and government funding cuts, WLCA is providing a lifeline for residents and groups to deliver much needed local services.

Linda Hines, local resident and Chair of WLCA said: “We set up our Small Grants Scheme after speaking to local residents.  All too often great community and business ideas could not get off the ground due to a lack of finance.  With our grants providing a first foot on the ladder, these ideas are now made possible – benefiting the individual and Perry Common community.”

Alongside the grant, WLCA also provides advice and guidance throughout the set-up and operational stage, so that the business or community group has the best possible chance of success.

The Small Grants Programme for 2014 is now open and applications can be made until the end of March.  To discuss your idea, please contact WLCA.