A dozen charities and voluntary groups have received a share of more than £8,000 as part of a Stafford Borough Council grants scheme.
The organisations were awarded a share of the fund from the council’s ‘Small Grants’ initiative which offers up to £1,000 to help continue work that benefits residents across the borough.
In total £8,400 was presented to the groups on the bandstand of Victoria Park during the Stafford in the World event (pictured). Among those distributing the grants were Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Philip Leason MBE, Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Jeremy Lefroy, Stafford MP, Theo Clarke and Councillor Ralph Cooke.
Recipients from across the borough included ‘Hearts and Hands,’ - who help struggling families within Stafford and the surrounding villages with food hampers, the 32nd Stafford Brownies, ‘Friends of Norton Bridge’ and Bishops Offley Methodist Church near Eccleshall.
The fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Staffordshire - an independent charity whose aim is to strengthen local communities across the county. It is open to groups and volunteers in the area who aim to make life better for residents with potential grants of between £100 and £1,000 that can be used to pay for a range of costs such as new equipment, training, or go towards the running of an event.
You can find out more about the application process and criteria from Stafford Borough Council Small Grants - The Community Foundation for Staffordshire.
Among those that can apply are community and voluntary groups, registered charities, and social enterprises.
Councillor Jeremy Pert, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities and Health at the borough council, said it was very important for the local authority to support the great work of groups and organisations from right across the area.
He said: “These projects benefit our residents, can bring about a lasting benefit to the wider community or help ensure an organisation can remain sustainable. They are run by selfless volunteers, often funded by generous donations from our residents and businesses, and it is only right that the council also supports them in whatever way we can.
“It was a privilege, and very humbling, to meet them all and to hear about the great work they are doing, and it is important that they know they are very much appreciated by our community, and I thank them all for the great things they are achieving.”
The presentation took place on Thursday 2 June.
The successful applicants were:
- St Paul`s Church
- Over 55s Tuesday Mixer Club (White Eagle Club)
- Holmcroft Youth and Community Centre
- Staffordshire Cultural Events CIC
- Hearts and Hands - Stafford
- Chase Aqua Rural Enterprise CIC
- Haughton Parish Council
- St Peters Pre-School and Nursery
- Bishops Offley Methodist Church
- 32nd Stafford Brownies
- Friends of Norton Bridge
- Brocton Village Hall
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