£1000 awarded to local school from Waterloo's Neighbourhood Improvement Budget

22 September 2017

On Friday 15th September, Ruth Cutler and Sheila Hampton of Waterloo Housing Group attended Woodthorpe Junior and Infant School in Kings Heath, Birmingham and presented them with a cheque for £1000 for funding towards playground floor marking improvements


The floor marking works, which were completed during the 2017 summer break, include several shapes with multiple uses, e.g. a dart board shape with numbers which the children use during play times and active maths lessons (allowing fun and exercise whilst learning).

The funding has been allocated through Waterloo Housing Group's 'Neighbourhood Improvement Budget' (NIB). Waterloo have approximately 300 properties in the area of Woodthorpe J.I. and many residents' children attend the school.

Mrs Linda McGrath, Headteacher, contacted Waterloo following a chance conversation by a member of her staff with a Waterloo employee, who encouraged them to contact us to see if there were any funding opportunities.

Matt Kinson and Ruth Cutler of Waterloo visited the school in May to discuss the NIB and the possibility for funding. The Tenant Advisory panel for the West Midlands region then met in July, discussed and agreed amongst themselves to award funding of £1000 to Woodthorpe J.I. School.

The NIB is a limited annual budget, which is assigned following a quarterly meeting at which all applications are considered and prioritised based on the beneficial effect they will have on the local community.

More than one application for the same group of residents/community is allowed, even if funds have already been granted within the last 12 months, but secondary applications may not be given priority - depending on how much of the budget has already been spent and how many applications are being considered at the time.

If you would like to make an application you can do so, and find more information, on this website.

Thanks to Woodthorpe Junior and Infant School for kindly providing the accompanying image.