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4th March 2019, 15:57 | Community
Seven Rugby League clubs and schools from across Yorkshire, the North West and Cumbria have received boosts with the first round of funding announced.
The chosen small grant schemes, part of the tournament's wider 'InspirationALL' legacy initiative, are the first to receive funding for kit and equipment, or to refurbish and improve existing facilities.
Applications for grants have been open since October 2018, with a total of £10 million available for local clubs and community projects.
£9 million will be allocated to large-scale requests which cost more than £15,000, with the remaining £1m being granted to smaller-scale projects.
The government investment, delivered in partnership with the Rugby Football League and Sport England, is part of RLWC2021's plan to leave a lasting legacy.
England star Jodie Cunningham visits Cardinal Newman High School
RLWC2021 InspirationALL ambassador Jodie Cunningham returned to her former school, Cardinal Newman Catholic High School in Warrington, to present one of the first seven CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants projects, which range from kit and equipment for weekly touch Rugby League sessions at Castleford Tigers Women, to a clubhouse refresh for Wigan St Judes.
The grants have been awarded to the following:
Jon Dutton, RLWC2021 Chief Executive said: "It's incredibly exciting to announce the first round of funding, which has been made available to help these seven worthy projects.
Announcing the first round of CreatedBy #RLWC2021 Capital Grants projects!— RLWC2021 (@RLWC2021) March 4, 2019
Ambassador Jodie Cunningham presented equipment to her former school @Cardinal_Newman, one of the first 7 projects that will make a difference in local communities.
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"Our CreatedBy Capital grants will make an immediate impact more than two years before our tournament begins and we look forward to seeing more projects get underway very soon."
Ralph Rimmer, Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League, added: "There are so many reasons for the game to be excited about RLWC2021, and the CreatedBy Capital Grants Programme is right up there.
"These seven awards are the first of many over the next couple of years and give a hint of the range of clubs and other organisations that are going to benefit.
"Congratulations to the seven successful bidders, and I know they'll put the investment to good use for the development of Rugby League."