COMMUNITY groups and organisations in south west Wiltshire are being urged to apply for funding as the 2012/13 deadline looms.

Wiltshire Council Area Board grant funding of up to £5,000 is available to help provide facilities, equipment and activities that are important to the local community.

The grants can also help communities get schemes and projects started.

Small grants of up to £350 are available to local voluntary groups, neighbourhood groups and residents associations, including groups with a common interest which will have a positive impact on or involve their community.

The deadline for applying is Wednesday, January 9 and applications will then be considered at the South West Wiltshire Area Board meeting on February 6.

Application forms are available at

For more information contact community area manager Steve Harris on 01722 434211.