Charities and voluntary groups have received a share of nearly £8,000 from Stafford Borough Council as part of a grants scheme.
Nine organisations had 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.
Many of the organisations braved the wintry elements on Saturday (27 November) to receive their cheques from Mayor of the Borough, Councillor Tony Nixon, on the bandstand at Victoria Park.
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 the groups that can apply are community and voluntary groups, registered charities, and social enterprises.
Recipients of this year’s awards included Stafford Welcomes Refugees, the Women’s Wellbeing Club, the Stone Scout and Guide Band and Chebsey Parish Hall Limited.
Councillor Jeremy Pert, 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 local groups and organisations from right across Stafford Borough.
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 successful applicants, and the amounts awarded, were:
- Stafford Cultural Events CIC - £1,000
- Chebsey Parish Hall Limited - £1,000
- Stafford Welcomes Refugees - £600
- Stone Scout and Guide Band - £1000
- Parkinson’s UK – Stafford Branch - £1000
- Cerebral Palsy Mid Staffordshire - £1000
- A Child of Mine - £750
- Women’s Wellbeing Club CIC - £615.15
- Choice Recovery - £750
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