A total of £193,500 has been awarded to voluntary organisations in Surrey Heath in 2021/22 following a decision by Surrey Heath Borough Council.
On 19 January 2021, its Executive approved grants to community organisations and charities dedicated to helping people within the borough.
The funds will go towards supporting groups including Citizens Advice Surrey Heath, Voluntary Support North Surrey, Surrey Heath Age Concern, Catalyst Support, Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership and Surrey Heath Sports Council.
The Executive decided that Revenue Grants for 2020/21 be awarded to:
Surrey Heath Citizens Advice (CASH) – £80,000
Voluntary Support North Surrey - £30,000
Surrey Heath Age Concern - £10,000
Camberley Central Job Club - £7,000
Catalyst Support - £1,500
The Hope Hub - £31,500
VSNS - Time to Talk - £10,000
Basingstoke Canal Authority - £10,000
Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership - £10,000
Surrey Heath Sports Council - £3,500
All grants are subject to Service Level Agreements, to ensure the changing local priorities and needs continue to be met.
The Autism Trust’s £5,000 grant decision has been delegated to the Executive Head of Transformation in consultation with the Support and Safeguarding Portfolio Holder.
Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Support and Safeguarding, Councillor Josephine Hawkins said:
“There are many wonderful groups and organisations in Surrey Heath who are providing incredible support and services to the borough – particularly during this tough period of the COVID pandemic. The Council is really pleased to be able to support some of these organisations through these grants.
"The scheme was extended last year so more groups can access funds for their services which help people in their daily lives, or contributing to the community through the arts, sport, or access to the natural environment.
"While the council has limited resources from which to give grants in these times of reduced funding from central government, we are committed to recognising their crucial work in our Borough.”
The Council previously awarded Revenue Grants to a set list voluntary organisations and charities dedicated to helping people within the borough. In September 2019, the Council Executive agreed to amend the Revenue Grant scheme, with bids invited from any organisations that met the criteria in providing services in our community to enable the Council to achieve its short and long-term strategies.
The scheme is aimed at organisations that are fully compliant and registered ‘not for profit organisations’, such as charities.
The scheme invites applications from a wide range of community organisations that provide vital services – whether helping people in their daily lives, or contributing to the community through the arts, sport, or access to the natural environment.