New fund to help ideas spark into life

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A new initiative is being sparked into life to help make Whitley Bay a better place.

Small Sparks, being launched by Whitley Bay Big Local, will enable local people to apply for initial funding to get their idea off the ground, with an emphasis on bringing the community together.

The aim of Small Sparks is to enable those people who might have a great idea of something which, with a little bit of financial support, can enhance our town and its community

Tim Keilty, Whitley Bay Big Local board member

Grants are available of up to £250 which are then matched by the recipient with time or donated materials.

A range of ideas have already been suggested, including building bird boxes which will be erected around the town, the creation of help yourself little libraries next to park benches and a storyteller’s chair in the Station Master’s Garden.

Tim Keilty, Whitley Bay Big Local board member, said: “The aim of Small Sparks is to enable those people who might have a great idea of something which, with a little bit of financial support, can enhance our town and its community.

“In bringing people together, Small Sparks can make an extremely valuable contribution in creating and supporting a community that looks after one another.”

Further information on how to apply for a Small Sparks grant is available at www.whitleybaybiglocal.co.uk

Members of the Whitley Bay Big Local board are also seeking volunteers to form part of an independent panel that will help to review and approve applications.

Anyone interested in helping to review applications should contact tim.keilty@new-prospects.org