Local not-for profit groups are to receive more than £12,000 from Surrey Heath Borough Council through its Community Fund Grant Scheme (CFGS).
The scheme provides grants of up to £25,000 to assist groups and in Surrey Heath if funding is needed towards projects benefitting local communities.
On 6 March, the Council’s Executive awarded a total of £12,981 in grant funding to support St Mary's Nursery, , Sparklers Charity, The Society and Surrey Youth Focus.
- St Mary's Nursery, based at Recreation Ground, will receive £10,000 to provide a new outdoor play area;
- Sparklers Charity, based in , will receive £1,481 to provide 10 holiday playgroups for children, young people and families with special needs who live in the Surrey Heath area;
- The Society were awarded funding towards the cost of launching community arts and crafts festival 2018, with the CFGS agreeing to match the amount raised by The Camberley Society up to a total of £1,000;
- Surrey Youth Focus will receive £500 to deliver a new Youth Social Action ‘Youth Soup’ project, giving 14-24 year olds the opportunity to suggest and deliver improvements to their local community.
Members also resolved to support the making of a grant of £9,175 to The Hope Hub – a new initiative consisting of partners from local faith organisations which focuses on assisting homeless people, those at risk of homelessness, and those who are unemployed and vulnerable.
The initiative aims to provides day time support for those affected, via a central Camberley location, and the grant would cover the purchase of equipment for this new service.
The award of this grant is subject to the Executive Head of Regulatory, Jenny Rickard, being satisfied that the project and accommodation can be delivered, after consultation with the Leader of the Council Cllr Moira Gibson, and Corporate Portfolio Holder Cllr Josephine Hawkins.
Cllr Hawkins said: "We are pleased to support these projects with grants. Many residents of Surrey Heath benefit from the valuable services provided by local community groups.
“I encourage local groups with beneficial projects who may need assistance to get in touch and find out if they can apply for a grant.”
Applications to the Community Fund Grant scheme are considered twice a year, with deadlines of 30 June and 31 December.
Full details of the scheme can be found via: www.surreyheath.gov.uk/communitygrants