A total of £186,000 has been awarded to voluntary organisations in Surrey Heath in 2020/21, following a decision by Surrey Heath Borough Council.
On 21 January, 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, The Autism Trust, The Hope Hub and Basingstoke Canal Authority.
The Council has awarded Revenue Grants for the past 16 years to a set list of voluntary organisations and charities dedicated to helping people within the borough.
However this is the first year that grants have been awarded since the scheme was extended to invite applications from a wider 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.
The Executive decided that Revenue Grants for 2020/21 be awarded to:
- Citizens Advice Surrey Heath (CASH) – £80,000
- Voluntary Support North Surrey - £30,000
- The Hope Hub - £17,000
- Surrey Heath Age Concern - £10,000
- The Autism Trust - £10,000
- Voluntary Support North Surrey – Time to Talk project - £10,000
- Basingstoke Canal Authority - £10,000
- Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership - £10,000
- Catalyst Support - £4,000
- Surrey Heath Sports Council - £3,500
- Surrey Heath Arts Council - £1,500
All grants are subject to Service Level Agreements, to ensure the changing local priorities and needs continue to be met.
Decisions on the awarding of grants to Tringhams, West End and Camberley and District Job Club were delegated to the Executive Head of Transformation in consultation with the Support and Safeguarding Portfolio Holder. An application by Mustard Seed Autism Trust was deferred for a year.
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.
This scheme is aimed at organisations that are fully compliant and registered ‘not for profit organisations’, such as charities.
Where organisations undertake work on the Council’s behalf, the Executive agreed to ring-fence their funds. This relates to Citizens Advice Surrey Heath, Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership (£10,000) and Basingstoke Canal Authority (£10,000).
Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Support and Safeguarding, Cllr Josephine Hawkins said: "The Council hugely values the work of voluntary organisations within Surrey Heath – they do a brilliant job.
“I’m really pleased that the scheme has been extended so more groups can access funds for their vital services - whether helping 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.”