Increase in funding for voluntary organisations in Guildford

Last night, the Executive approved recommendations to increase future financial support for voluntary and community organisations across Guildford.

Voluntary organisations working with priority groups such as the homeless, mental health services, support for vulnerable families and services for the elderly will all benefit from the changes.

Cllr Julia McShane, Lead Councillor for Community Health, Support and Wellbeing, says: "We are delighted that we are able to increase funding for voluntary and community organisations here in Guildford. Protecting our most vulnerable and disadvantaged residents is highly important and we remain strongly committed to supporting them."

The decision to increase grants, including supporting crowdfunding by voluntary and community organisations in Guildford, will help meet the Council's commitment to support the elderly, more vulnerable and less advantaged in our community.

Cllr Julia McShane adds: "Our crowdfunding proposals will allow us to stimulate and support the delivery of projects that improve the borough and align them to our corporate priorities. This will help enhance Guildford's sporting, cultural, community and recreational facilities."

Other recommendations that were approved included an increase of funding by 10% for core service provision of Guildford and Ash Citizens' Advice, and the existing Community Grant Scheme being replaced by a new Aspire Grants Scheme.

Published on Wednesday 8 January.