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Equality Small Grants Scheme 2021-22

Bromsgrove District Council Equality Small Grants Scheme 2021-22 is OPEN!

Bromsgrove District Council, in partnership with the Bromsgrove Engagement and Equalities Forum, have launched their Equality Small Grants Scheme today!

The aim of the Bromsgrove District Council Equality Small Grants Scheme is to enable smaller voluntary, charitable or community organisation/group that operate in Bromsgrove District to deliver an achievable project that would benefit the community and challenges inequality, advances equality and/or celebrates diversity. It is a small grants scheme and is specifically for smaller voluntary, charitable or community organisations/groups who would find it hard to meet the criteria of bigger grants.

It is open for one round only and will support projects or activities being delivered between 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022. The max limit for year is £750 per funding request, although please do only apply for the amount needed. The £750 limit applies if you are submitting a joint bid with another organisation unless you are bidding for different projects under a shared theme.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 9th June 2021 at Midday.

Applications received after this date and time will not be accepted.

For Grant Application Form and Guidance visit

Key dates/information

Opens: Thursday 13 May 2021

Closes: Wednesday 9 June 2021 at Midday

Max limit per application: £750

Delivery timescale: Projects/activities must be delivered between 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022

Please do read the guidance as there have been some small changes. We are more than happy to talk over any ideas, read applications prior to submission and provide any additional guidance if required. Please spread the word about this opportunity and if you have any queries or questions, please do contact me.

In addition to this small grant scheme, there is another opportunity for 2021-22 to apply for a larger grant. If you are a larger voluntary, charitable or community organisation/group or your project requires more than £750 to be delivered, please consider applying for the Community Grants Scheme 2021/22 instead. The Community Grants Scheme replaces the New Home Bonus Community Grants Scheme but will follow the principles of that original scheme and applications will be limited to a maximum of £5,000 per project. There is £80,000 available and more information can be found here.

All the best and we look forward to receiving your application.

Emily Payne

Engagement & Equalities Advisor

My working pattern is Tue to Fri 9.30-2.30

Tel: 01527 64252 ext. 2409 or Direct Dial 01527 548284


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Another Collision on Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane was closed Wednesday 12th May following a collision at the junction of Money Lane.

A spokesperson from West Mercia Police said: “The road is currently closed and will be for sometime.

“Officers are currently dealing with a collision on Money Lane.”

A spokesperson from West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 3:11pm to reports of a two car RTC at the junction of Sandy Lane and the B4551.

“We currently have one ambulance at the scene assessing two patients. “

Malware alert: beware of fake delivery company text messages

A text-message scam that infects Android mobile phones with malicious software (malware) is targeting people in the UK.

The text message, which pretends to be from a delivery company, includes a link that claims to allow you to track a parcel.

However, this is an attempt to infect your phone with malware, which occurs if the link is clicked on. The scam text has been received by customers on all major UK networks. One example of this text, shown below, claims to be from DHL.

A screenshot of the ‘Flubot’ scam text

The malware, called Flubot, can allow criminals to access personal information on your phone, including online banking details.

If you receive one of these text messages, take the following steps:

  1. DO NOT press the link.
  2. Report the text by forwarding it to 7726.
  3. Delete the text from your phone.

If you think you have fallen victim to this scam, contact your provider as soon as possible, as well as Action Fraud, the reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Reports of fraud and any other financial crime in Scotland should be reported to the police via 101.

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has also published advice for people who may have been affected by this scam.

Make a Difference with a Community Grant

Bromsgrove District Council’s Community Grant Scheme opened last Tuesday (deadline for applications 5pm on Fri 18 June) and is for projects up to £5000. It is following similar principles to previous years’ New Homes Bonus scheme.

The Community Grants is open to any organisation/group in Bromsgrove district.  Applicants will need the support of their ward councillor and the details for these can also be found on the Council’s website. 

If anyone has any queries, please feel free to contact Amanda Scarce at and she will be happy to help.

For more information and to download an application form visit:,-funding-finance/grants-funding/community-grants-scheme.aspx

NOTE:  This is a separate grant scheme to the Equality Small Grant Scheme. More information about the small grant scheme will be coming very soon.

Pepper Wood Extension: View Site and Public Consultation

The Woodland Trust have organised a public consultation event planned on 19th May regarding their proposed plans to extend Pepper Wood.  The provisional design for the new woodland is ready to be viewed and the Woodland Trust would like to share these plans with you and invite your opinion.

The event itself will be quite informal.  Paul Jarczewski (Woodland Trust Central England Site Manager) and a design consultant will lead 2 short walks over the new land, one leaving at 2 pm and another at 6 pm.  Maps and layouts of the design will be available for people to view.

To join the walk and/or view the design, meet Paul in the Swan Inn car park.  Each will last about an hour.

For more information regarding the Pepper Wood Appeal and to make a donation visit

Planning Application – Mossett Cottage, Third Road

The following planning application is available to view and comment on. Please use this
link to take you to the home page of Public Access which is the tool for
viewing applications and making comment electronically.

• Click on the link above
• Type in the application number and click, this will take you to the summary page of Public
• When at the summary page
• To view the documents you will need to click on the tab, then
the .
• To make a comment click on the tab,
• Fill out your details and make your comment and press submit, this will go straight to the
relevant planning officer and be immediately viewable in the comments tab.
• If you have provided an email you can request a confirmation email.

DATE ACCEPTED:07.04.2021
LOCATION:Mossett Cottage, Third Road Wildmoor Bromsgrove Worcestershire B61 0BT
PROPOSAL:Alterations to existing detached garage building to create residential annex together with erection of a glazed link connecting the garage building and dwellinghouse and erection of a domestic store room.
PARISH COUNCIL:Belbroughton Parish
WARD:Belbroughton And Romsley Ward
TELEPHONE: 01527 881657

Village Spring Clean 2021

This year’s Village Spring Clean will take place on Saturday 12th June. 

Please donate an hour to help clear the grot from our community and to wash street signs.  Meet outside the Village Hall at 10.00 am, wear suitable clothing & footwear, litter picking equipment will be provided.   

If you would like to help wash the street signs, please bring a bucket, sponge and some mild detergent.  If you have step ladders, they will come in very hand.

Community Association Seeks New Chairman/lady

Interested? Email

Message from the current FVCA Chair:

As you all know I have previously said that I will be stepping down as Chair at the AGM. In addition to having served as Chair for over 5 years, I do have some personal & family matters that require my full attention.
I am sure that there are people in the community who would be willing to take on the role and the nudge they need to step forward is knowing that the position is vacant.
Therefore, so as to help focus minds, I have decided, after much thought, that I will step down as Chair by 31st August or at the A.G.M, whichever is earlier. Ideally I would like it to be sooner, rather than the later date.
In the meantime, I will continue – when time permits – with existing lobbying/work. I will not be taking on any new work. I may have to ask for assistance to respond to any communications that we receive.
It would be helpful if someone could volunteer to be a media administrator, along with me. In my view the person would have to take a strict approach. Please ask people that you feel will be able to help deliver our current service standard or better.

Floral Fairfield 2021

Let’s create ribbons of colour throughout our community this July.
Floral Fairfield is usually a is a bit of competitive fun, with many residents winning a Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate. This year there will be no judging or certificates, it is just going to be fun and we are asking residents and businesses to help create fantastic colourful floral displays that can be seen and enjoyed by people passing by, whether it a basket, tub or a front garden arrangement.