Four local organisations have been awarded grants by Wellington Town Council.
At the meeting on 8 May the council voted to award £750 to Wellington Museum and Local History Society to assist with rental costs.
An application by Wellington in Bloom for £1,200 to go towards the cost of its projects was granted. The money will be used to continue the group’s work on the local environment including projects with schools and pre-schools and maintaining Swain’s Lane Nature Reserve.
Wellington Quakers applied for a grant of £300 to go towards the Celebration of Light in the Peace Garden behind the Quaker Meeting House. This has become a popular part of the town’s Christmas celebrations and the grant was approved.
The Wellington Community Centre receives a grant £1,672 to cover half the costs of replacing the front and rear arched windows in the main hall.
An application for a grant of £2,500 was submitted by Wellington Carnival Committee to cover increasing costs. The application made reference to the decline in the amount of money donated to the event which the committee distributes to charities. The committee stressed that, without support, the carnival is close to not being viable.
A decision was deferred until councillors had more information about the intended use of the grant. Some councillors expressed the view that a grant would be an indirect way of supporting charities rather than contributing directly to the carnival’s running costs.