Voluntary groups to benefit from grant decisions

Voluntary organisations in Surrey Heath are to receive more than £150,000 of support in 2015/16 following a decision by Surrey Heath Borough Council this week.

On Tuesday 6 January its Executive approved grants to community organisations and charities dedicated to helping people within the borough.

A total of £158,870 will go towards supporting Surrey Heath Citizens Advice Bureau, Voluntary Support North Surrey, Surrey Heath Age Concern, as well as Tringhams lunch club.

The grants have been allocated for the past 12 years, with the funding reviewed by the council annually.

Other organisations also supported include Surrey Heath Arts Council, Surrey Heath Sports Council, Basingstoke Canal Authority and Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership.

Cllr Colin Dougan, transformation portfolio holder for Surrey Heath, said: “Voluntary organisations within Surrey Heath are valued highly and provide vital services to those needing some help in their daily lives. While the council’s funding resources are limited from which to give grants, we will still always recognise valuable work in Surrey Heath.”

Grants made were:

Surrey Heath Citizens Advice: £80,000
Voluntary Support North Surrey: £24,970
Tringhams Lunch Club: £19,000
Basingstoke Canal Authority: £10,000
Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership: £10,000
Surrey Heath Age Concern: £10,000
Surrey Heath Sports Council: £3,500
Surrey Heath Arts Council: £1,400

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