Grant will help aged keep active
A REVOLUTIONARY project which aims to keep older people active in their community in Dartington has been given more than £50,000 of Government funding.
Dartington Trust Estate's Abundant Life scheme is one of eight social ventures to be given money as part of the Investment and Contract Readiness Fund.
The new social enterprise project is planned for the Dartington estate as a new, self-sustainable residential development for older people based around the historic listed buildings.
Celia Atherton, Dartington's Director of Social Justice and lead on Abundant Life, said: "We're delighted to have been the first recipient of this new Government grant scheme. The fund has been created to help pioneering social initiatives access long-term finances, and the backing of the scheme is a welcome and deserved vote of confidence in the Abundant Life model. The award of £54,000 is a significant sum of money that will help our work to secure the finances needed to deliver this important, ground-breaking project."
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Dartington has already said it hopes the £26million initiative will move forward later this year with plans being submitted to South Hams Council with a decision expected by December.
The new funding from Government is designed to support new schemes' access to money so that they can grow and better serve communities and people most in need.
Announcing the funds Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, said: "We know that it will improve the lives of hundreds of people in need."