IGas businesses have been operating in the UK for over three decades and we pride ourselves on being a good neighbour, placing the community and local relationships at the heart of everything we do. Established in 2008, the IGas Community Fund supports community-led organisations that can make a real difference, helping to improve amenities locally. Since the start of the fund, IGas has awarded over £800,000.
To be eligible for an award, projects must be able to demonstrate real community impetus and benefits, for example, organisations that involve a broad span of the community, education and skills development, or projects that celebrate and protect local heritage.
In 2015, £56,200 was awarded to projects in the East Midlands.
In September 2016, a newsletter was produced to highlight some of the projects in the East Midlands that have benefitted from the Community Fund in the last couple of years. A copy of the newsletter can be found here.
Case Studies from 2015
East Leake Playgroup
Awarded a grant of £600 towards new gardening and wildlife equipment, helping to provide a stimulating environment in which children can learn.
Slumgothic Teenage Arts Project, Gainsborough
Awarded a grant of £7,720 to provide an accessible toilet for a community café that has been created in a redundant church now back in use as an arts project. The café was a major development in 2014 with much of the work handled by enthusiastic volunteers. It is largely staffed by people recovering from mental illnesses or with disabilities.
Harby Playground Committee
Awarded a grant of £5,000 towards the cost of renewing a village playground which has badly deteriorated and needs up-to-date equipment.
Welton & District Patients & Doctors Association
Awarded a grant of £1,500 towards the cost of lightweight, easy-folding wheelchairs and walking frames to make it easier for the group to provide better mobility assistance for those who use the group’s transport service for surgery and hospital appointments.
Weston Community Defibrillator Fund
Awarded a grant of £1,250 towards the purchase and installation of a defibrillator in the village phone box. The village is around 12 miles from the nearest ambulance station.
Askham Village Hall
Awarded a grant of £2,000 towards the purchase of six new heaters plus new tables and a defibrillator with training for the village responders team.
Kneesall Preschool Playgroup
Awarded a grant of £2,000 towards the development of a sensory garden and outdoor learning space within the village churchyard. It includes a wildlife learning area, a willow dome, a growing allotment and greenhouse.
Uphills MUGA Group, Gainsborough
Awarded a grant of £7,882 towards the provision of a multi-use games area.
ACIS Group, Gainsborough
Awarded a grant of £4,230 to pay for a variety of sensory, imagination and outdoor equipment at a community centre that is pivotal to plans to mobilise social change in an area of high deprivation.
Holwell Village Community
Awarded a grant of £2,000 towards the purchase and installation of a defibrillator which will be sited in a disused phone box that has been adopted by the village.
Upper Broughton Parish Council
Awarded a grant of £1,750 to cover the cost of specific equipment needed for safe, stimulating play at the village’s Top Green play area.
Lound Village Hall
Awarded a grant of £5,282 to provide new chairs, tables, a trolley and sports equipment for a hall that is much used by its community.
Springline Good Neighbours Scheme
Awarded a grant of £1,100 to fund a manned telephone answering service for those in need in the villages around Scampton – generally the elderly needing transport to the doctor’s surgery and the lonely who need someone to talk to. The service originally used a mobile phone but the signal locally was unreliable.
Scothern Recreation Centre
Awarded a grant of £7636.72 to replace a defunct gas boiler in a hall that would otherwise be rendered unusable by a host of village groups. The balance of the costs was already raised through local effort.
Lincoln Rugby Club
Awarded a grant of £8,000 to cover the cost of improving drainage for the club’s new ground at Nettleham where it supports rugby for enthusiasts aged from six to seniors including ladies’ teams and touch rugby.
To read more about our community fund and to apply, visit the community fund website at the following link: www.igascommunityfund.co.uk.