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Community grants give boost to local groups

Community, social enterprise and voluntary groups are among those set to benefit from Guildford Borough Council funding to support projects to improve the lives of local residents.

Cllr Iseult Roche, Lead Councillor for Project Aspire, Health, Safeguarding and Sport says "Local community groups play a really important role in helping make our borough a great place for everyone to live. Every person matters, and the projects we're supporting help to improve the lives of local residents of all ages in many ways - promoting health and wellbeing, reducing inequality and improving access to training, skills and work opportunities". 

The community grants for 2018-19 were agreed at the Council's Executive meeting. Each application is thoroughly assessed to ensure projects meet the needs of our communities. Schemes selected for the one-year funding include:

  • Emerge Advocacy's 'Emerge' project - £13,000

  • Oakleaf Enterprise's 'Reach out for wellbeing' project - £10,000

  • CHIPS Guildford's 'Healthy Lives, Brighter Future' project - £10,000.

Other smaller schemes include support for Furniture Link's Upcycling Workshop, a Guildford Local Hub Co-ordinator for Family Voice Surrey and The Dance Movement's Wise Words project.

The one-year grants are for 2018-19. From next year, the grant schemes will operate in a different way, following the removal of grant contribution from Surrey County Council and a review of grants.

Adds Cllr Roche: "For the future, we're looking at alternative ways of providing support. We are currently putting together proposals for new schemes and these will be considered and reviewed at a future meeting of the Council's Executive".

A full list of grants is on our website on the Council and Democracy pages.

Published on Tuesday 6 March.