A host of local ‘not-for-profit’ organisations are to receive funding support from Surrey Heath Borough Council through its Community Fund Grant Scheme.
The scheme provides grants up to £25,000 where funds are needed to support projects which provide community benefits.
Local groups or organisations have the chance to apply for funding twice a year and new applications have been agreed by the council's decision-making Executive.
Bisley Village Hall is an established community facility in the centre of the village and home to 15 local organisations including a pre-school nursery, day centre and many others. Parts of the hall where the kitchen is located date back to the 18th century. The council is supporting the centre in upgrading the kitchen and flooring and has awarded a grant of £15,540, subject to match funding by Surrey County Council and the applicant.
Camberley Rugby Football Club based at Watchetts Recreation Ground has recently expanded and now has three teams for girls under 13, 15 and 18. The club will receive £10,000 towards extending the existing club house to add new changing room facilities for ladies and girls teams.
Chobham Burymead Football Club has been granted £3,597.60 to fund the replacement of security doors to comply with new fire regulations. This supports their wider project to replace windows on the east side of the building. Club membership numbers are around 150 per week and with the improvements this is estimated to increase to around 200 per week.
Frimley Cricket Club have been awarded £6,021 to replace their existing boiler and to provide a fence to deter vandalism. The club, based at the Chobham Road Recreation Ground in Frimley, has a membership of up to 300 people, comprising of both adults and junior teams.
Woking Hospice, whose combined area covers Surrey Heath, is creating a new 20 bed in-patient unit. The number of patients from Surrey Heath using Woking Hospice is estimated to be 200 per year. A £10,000 grant has been awarded to provide new bedroom equipment.
Surrey SATRO is an educational charity working with young people and has five mobile classrooms which visit schools in Surrey. A £500 grant has been awarded to help replace worn out classroom tools.
Corporate portfolio holder Cllr Josephine Hawkins said: “Awarding these grants enables the council to work in partnership with local organisations and extend opportunities throughout the borough. We’re happy to support these projects which make a real difference to people. Local groups who might need support for a worthy project demonstrating benefits to the local community are encouraged to get in touch.”
To apply for funding, visit www.surreyheath.gov.uk/CommunityFundGrants