Funding available for community and voluntary groups

The ‘Councillor Grant Fund’ from Warwickshire County Council has been launched again this year, giving support to smaller voluntary and community groups in the Stratford District.

With over £70,000 to be distributed between groups and causes in the Stratford District alone, interested parties are encouraged to get their bids in early to avoid disappointment.

The fund is aimed at community and voluntary organisations and provides grants of £5,000 per ward for county councillors to allocate to small-scale projects that meet community needs.

Although applications can be made straight away, a workshop is taking place on Tuesday 15thSeptember between 11 – 1 pm at The Falcon Hotel, Church Street, Stratford to help groups apply for funds. Further information on the fund is available on www.warwickshire.gov.uk/grants  and the closing date is Friday 9th October 2015.

Leader of Warwickshire County Council and ward member for Stour and the Vale, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, said:”The Councillor Grant Fund proved very popular last year with 105 projects being funded and £70,000 being awarded to community projects within the Stratford District including,

She explained: “As long as the applications demonstrate worthwhile community benefit, and promote social inclusion, they will be considered, so I encourage people to come to the workshop to find out more.”

Cllr Mike Gittus, ward member for Alcester, was involved in the funding for the Oversley Green Residents Association, which needed equipment to maintain public spaces.

Cllr Philip Johnson, Chair of Warwickshire County Council’s Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee, said: “I’d encourage voluntary and community groups to apply to the grant fund if they have any smaller scale projects that could really make a difference in their communities.”

Due to the popularity of the scheme and the competitive application process, the workshop is being held on Tuesday 15th September between 11 – 1 pm at the Falcon Hotel, Stratford.  Attendees can find out more about the fund, get further guidance and support for their application, as well as details of other relevant sources of funding for their projects. Places are limited so interested parties are advised to book early to guarantee a place.

For more information, advice and application support please contact Amanda Wilson-Patterson at the Stratford-on-Avon Area Office, on 07780 995817 or email stratford@warwickshire.gov.uk.  Application forms and guidance notes are available to download on www.warwickshire.gov.uk/stratfordarea.