Published: Tuesday, 2nd April 2024

Local not-for-profit community organisations are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to £20,000 from Warwick District Council’s Rural and Urban Capital Investment Scheme (RUCIS).

The scheme is open to organisations in Warwick District looking for grants to support capital improvement projects.

Consideration is given to organisations looking to purchase or upgrade their property or equipment to provide their services to the community, such as:

  • Energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy technology
  • Providing disabled access or facilities
  • Resurfacing of car parks, sports courts and play areas
  • Essential building repairs
  • New facilities such as kitchens or toilets

Grant funding of £20,000 was recently awarded to Playbox Theatre in Warwick to enable them to replace their roof.

Emily Quash, Artistic Director at Playbox Theatre, said: “We are utterly thankful to Warwick District Council and the RUCIS fund for supporting Playbox Theatre’s recent application to restore the failing roof of Playbox Theatre’s home, The Dream Factory.

“Without this contribution, it would not have been possible for Playbox to undertake this major work, and Warwickshire’s unique creative home for young people would be facing closure. At every step, the team at Warwick District Council were supportive, present, and full of good advice throughout the application process.

“As a result, Playbox Theatre is now back to full strength, with a wide-reaching programme of events for members and the local community.”

Other funded schemes include:

  • £20,000 to Leamington Lawn Tennis & Squash Club to upgrade their existing court lighting to energy efficient LED lighting
  • £2,186 to Norton Lindsey Community Pub Limited to purchase fixtures and fixtures for their community shop
  • £17,814 to Cubbington Sports & Social Club for refurbished toilets, carpet and decorating

Councillor Jonathan Chilvers, Portfolio Holder for Resources, commented: “We recognise how important local community organisations are to our residents, so I am delighted that Warwick District Council is able to award this funding to ensure that the vital facilities they use to support the community are the best they can be.

“New funding is available for the 2024/25 financial year, and I would like to encourage not-for-profit groups located within Warwick District to come forward with their projects as we may be able to help.”

Find out more about the RUCIS scheme.

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