Voluntary groups awarded more than £160,000 of grant funding

Voluntary organisations in Surrey Heath are to receive more than £160,000 of support in 2016/17 following a decision by Surrey Heath Borough Council this week.

On Tuesday 12 January its Executive approved grants to community organisations and charities dedicated to helping people within the borough.

A total of £162,900 will go towards supporting groups including Surrey Heath Citizens Advice Bureau, Voluntary Support North Surrey, Surrey Heath Age Concern, and Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership.

The grants have been allocated for the past 13 years, with the funding reviewed annually by the council.

The other organisations awarded grants were Surrey Heath Arts Council, Surrey Heath Sports Council, Basingstoke Canal Authority, Camberley Central Job Club and Tringhams lunchtime club, West End.

Cllr Colin Dougan, transformation portfolio holder for Surrey Heath, said: "Voluntary organisations within Surrey Heath are valued enormously.

“They continue to provide vital services – whether helping people in their daily lives, or enriching the community through sport, the arts or access to the natural environment.

"While the council's funding resources from which to give grants are limited, we aim to recognise valuable work in Surrey Heath.”

The grants awarded were:

  • Surrey Heath Citizens Advice: £80,000
  • Voluntary Support North Surrey: £30,000
  • Tringhams, West End: £15,000
  • Surrey Heath Age Concern: £10,000
  • Basingstoke Canal Authority: £10,000
  • Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership: £10,000
  • Camberley Central Job Club £5,000
  • Surrey Heath Sports Council: £1,500
  • Surrey Heath Arts Council: £1,400

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