COUNCIL GIVES KEIGHLEY COMMUNITY MASSIVE BOOST

Keighley
02.02.10


Leeds-Bradford International Airport was sold in 2007 by the 4 councils that owned it.  As a result, community projects in the Bradford District are benefiting from the sale.

Keighley Ukrainian Community has received a grant for £10,000 from Bradford Council following its application for a share of the proceeds of the sale.

Councillors felt that it was important that some of the money went directly back to local communities and that the whole of Bradford district should benefit from the sale.  £3 million from the share of the proceeds was put into a ‘Ward Investment Fund’ in October 2007.

Each of the 30 wards in the district were allocated £100,000 and councillors representing those wards were given the key role of putting forward projects that would benefit their local communities.

Ward Councillors in each or the five areas of the district worked which local residents and community groups to identify projects that could benefit from the fund.

To secure the grant, Keighley Ukrainians worked with Jeff Bennett and Noreen Akhtar from the Area Panels office and with Councillor Khadim Hussain.  Proposals had to improve facilities in the district, promote harmony and inclusion and foster strong and united communities. The grant had to be for capital projects rather than running costs, and needed to be to a value of at least £10,000.

On behalf of AUGB Keighley Branch committee, Stefan Pryimuk and Irene Cyhanko prepared an application for new furniture, equipment and for the refurbishment and redecoration of the Ukrainian Community Centre on Henry Street, Keighley.

The grant was formally awarded in January 2010 and has now been received by the community.


Stefan Pryimuk



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