Chippenham Area Board met tonight to consider youth-focussed grant requests. We had a small stand to talk about the unit and many explorers, both land and air, turned up to talk to Councillors and visitors about the unit and what we do. We even had a few questions about our grant request!
Then came the meeting proper. Organisations requesting a grant had a few minutes to speak in support of their requests before the requests were put to a vote by Councillors. Our grant was among the last to be discussed. 2 of our older explorers spoke to describe our project and our hopes of being able to continue if we were awarded the grant. Councillors were impressed by our presentation and came to tell us afterwards. More importantly, the grant was voted through unopposed. Big sigh of relief! Thank you Wiltshire Council, we will put the £1,750 you awarded us to very good use and make the most of the grant.
Our project is now 50% funded. After months of depressing refusals, we finally have some positive news and can make a start. Brilliant!
For more information on our local Area Boards: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/council-democracy-area-boards.