04:33AM, Tuesday 19 February 2013
More projects than ever will benefit from the latest round of funding from the Royal Borough's Neighbourhood Budget.
More than 3,000 votes were cast, and the cabinet participatory budget sub-committee awarded grants to six causes to reflect this public support.
Cllr David Burbage, council leader and committee chairman, said: "This is the sign of healthy and vibrant community groups who are keen to explore different ways of attracting support and funding for their worthwhile causes.
"Those of us on the sub-committee felt that the votes cast warranted a decision to fund more than the usual two or three projects."
Furze Platt Senior School received the most votes and was granted £2,000 for a buildings feasibility study for future redevelopment.
Headteacher, Tanya White, said: "We were delighted to receive the news that we had received so many votes. Parts of our school site, particularly our main building, require replacement so that the school can continue its proud tradition of providing a high quality education to local children.
"The school is working hard to raise funds from a number of sources and this grant is very gratefully received."
A £1,500 grant was given to White Waltham Cricket Club and £2,000 was awarded to Maidenhead Heritage Centre, Alzheimer's Dementia Support, the East Berkshire Downs Syndrome summer camp and the Eton Wick outdoor learning environment.
Funding of £500 was also granted to Furze Platt School and Alzheimer's Dementia Support, to match their fundraising efforts, along with £2,000 for the Eton Wick outdoor learning environment.