St James and All Saints and Christ Church Gloucester has been awarded £25,000.

Gloucestershire County Council is proud to announce which 52 community projects will receive funding from their £1.5 million Levelling Up Together grant scheme.

The council launched the grant scheme in response to the government’s Levelling Up agenda, which aims to support local areas in need of investment to create opportunities and improve economic growth.

Levelling Up Together grants will support the areas in Gloucestershire that are in the bottom 10% most deprived nationally, helping communities to deliver the initiatives they have said will be most effective for them and their area.

The fund received an overwhelming response, with nearly 130 applications submitted from community groups and organisations across the county. The projects selected cover a diverse range of areas, including health and wellbeing, education and skills, arts and culture, and the environment.

The successful projects include a mental health support service for boys and young men, a project helping children to read, young people’s groups working with diverse communities, helping people to access food, and refurbishments of community spaces including projects to refresh the look of neighbourhoods. The funding will enable these projects to make a real difference to the lives of local people, helping to level up communities across Gloucestershire.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We are thrilled to be able to support so many fantastic community projects across Gloucestershire through our Levelling Up Together fund. The quality of the applications was incredibly high, and we are confident that the projects we have selected will make a real impact in their communities. We look forward to working with the successful groups and seeing the positive changes they will bring to the people of Gloucestershire.”

One charity which has received grant funding is Forest Voluntary Action Forum (FVAF). Their project Vibrant Cinderford Spaces received £82,500 which will go towards creating a multi-use community hub through the renovation of a Cinderford town-centre building. The hub will host a community pantry and café alongside a wide array of support services and community groups.

Penny Hulbert, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Forest Voluntary Action Forum said: “Receiving this funding will enable us to create a much-needed welcoming, vibrant community space which will have a transformative impact for people living in Cinderford and the wider district.

“We have ambitious plans and will be working closely with local people to create an inspiring and supportive space, offering something positive for every member of the community to experience and feel pride in the place they live.”

The successful projects are outlined below:

District Areas Covered Organisation Name Project Name Total Grant Awarded
Cheltenham St. Mark’s Cheltenham Borough Homes CBH Wraparound Support Initiative £85,000
Cheltenham St. Mark’s Hesters Way Partnership Limited Cheltenham Pantry £30,000
Cheltenham St. Paul’s Read With Me CIC Every child reading well £3,422
Cheltenham St. Paul’s Fresh Hope School House Cafe, Kitchen rebuild / repurposing £50,000
Cheltenham St. Paul’s Gas Green Baptist Church Gas Green Youth and Community Centre Levelling Up initiative £60,000
Cheltenham St. Paul’s Vision 21Gloucestershire Planet Cheltenham ECO-Hub £25,000
Cheltenham St. Mark’s, St. Paul’s


Move More Community-Based Physical Activity Provision £33,690
Forest of Dean Cinderford Forest Voluntary Action Forum (FVAF) Vibrant Cinderford Spaces £82,500.00
Forest of Dean Cinderford Forest of Dean & Wye Valley Men’s Shed CIC Forest Community Shed relocation £25,000
Forest of Dean Cinderford 1st Cinderford Scouts Improving Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in local Scouting £3,257
Forest of Dean Cinderford Sportily Sport, Health, and Wellbeing in Cinderford £10,000
Forest of Dean Cinderford Home-Start North and West Gloucestershire Home-Start Cinderford £29,000
Forest of Dean Cinderford The Family Wellbeing CIC Coaching parents towards positive wellbeing £4,770.50
Gloucester Podsmead, Tuffley Read With Me CIC Every child reading well £3,422.00
Gloucester Tuffley Gloucester Community Building Collective Community Building £15,000.00
Gloucester Podsmead Friends of Tuffley Park Tuffley Park – Outdoor Accessibility for All £75,000.00
Gloucester Tuffley Tuffley Rovers AFC/Tuffley Rovers Youth Youth changing rooms & pavilion redevelopment £37,500.00
Gloucester Tuffley St Barnabas Community Halls Growing our service to the community 2023 £10,000.00
Gloucester Tuffley Court Community Association (Tuffley) Breakfast Club £12,000.00
Gloucester Tuffley Court Community Association (Tuffley) Free and sustainable food parcels £15,000.00
Gloucester Matson & Robinswood GL Communities The Best Life £50,000.00
Gloucester Matson & Robinswood Arcexi Ltd Rebranding Matson £18,750.00
Gloucester Matson & Robinswood Read With Me CIC Every child reading well £3,422.00
Gloucester Matson & Robinswood TLT Matson cic The Long Table Matson £40,000.00
Gloucester Matson & Robinswood Together in Matson Fund Forward £15,000.00
Gloucester Matson & Robinswood Create Gloucestershire Culture Matson Community Chest £10,000.00
Gloucester Matson & Robinswood Community Roots CIC Top Two £5,000.00
Gloucester Matson & Robinswood Healthy Eating Matson & Coney Hill Healthy Eating Matson & Coney Hill £10,000.00
Gloucester Moreland Gloucester Community Building Collective Community Builder £21,506.00
Gloucester Barton & Tredworth, Moreland Read With Me CIC Every child reading well £3,422.00
Gloucester Barton & Tredworth Brendan’s Bridge Czech M8s + £30,000.00
Gloucester Barton & Tredworth Rainbow Transformations CIC Barton and Tredworth – The Arts and Cultural Quarter of Gloucester £50,000.00
Gloucester Barton & Tredworth, Moreland Gloucestershire Bangladeshi Association Gloucestershire Bangladeshi Association £35,000.00
Gloucester Barton & Tredworth Kingfisher Church Community Hub £40,000.00
Gloucester Barton & Tredworth The Friendship Café The Friendship Café £15,500.00
Gloucester Barton & Tredworth Islamic Society of Gloucester (ISOG) Education and Social Welfare Project £15,700.00
Gloucester Barton & Tredworth, Moreland Fair Shares Fair Shares £18,500.00
Gloucester Barton & Tredworth Rising Stars Youth FC The Glebe – Multi Sports Hub £45,000.00
Gloucester Barton & Tredworth St James and All Saints and Christ Church Gloucester Building Resilience and Warmth for Sustainable Flourishing £25,000.00
Gloucester Kingsholm & Wotton Roots Coffee and Community Kingsholm Partnership £75,000.00
Gloucester Kingsholm & Wotton Gloucester Rugby Foundation Engage £59,100.00
Gloucester Kingsholm & Wotton Read With Me CIC Every child reading well £3,422.00
Gloucester Westgate Gloucester Feed the Hungry CIC Gloucester Feed the Hungry Community Space £10,000.00
Gloucester Westgate Kingfisher Treasure Seekers Improving access for improved wellbeing and health equity £50,000.00
Gloucester Westgate Discover DeCrypt Old Crypt Schoolroom Cafe £20,000.00
Gloucester Westgate The Wiggly Worm Food for Mood £3,229.00
Gloucester Westgate Filipino Association of Gloucestershire Filipino Heritage Day/International Nurses Celebration £5,000.00
Gloucester Podsmead, Tuffley, Westgate Play Gloucestershire


Annual Play Provision £13,505.00
Gloucester Matson & Robinswood, Podsmead, Tuffley Diverse Leap Diverse Leap Mental Wellbeing Drop-in Centre – Outreach Project £1,500.00
Across Districts Barton & Tredworth, Kingsholm & Wotton, Moreland, Podsmead, Tuffley, Westgate, Cinderford TIC+ (Teens in Crisis) Boys in Mind – Levelling up access to mental health for boys and young men in Gloucestershire £56,379.00
Across Districts Barton & Tredworth, Kingsholm & Wotton, Matson & Robinswood, Moreland, Podsmead, Tuffley, Westgate, Cinderford, St. Mark’s, St. Paul’s North and West Gloucestershire Citizens Advice Levelling Up Advice £89,200.00
Across Districts Kingsholm & Wotton, Cinderford Play Gloucestershire Holiday Play Days £11,016.00

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