Surrey Heath Borough Council has awarded Revenue Grants for the past 16 years to voluntary organisations and charities dedicated to helping people within the borough.

Previously the grants have been awarded to a set list of community organisations. At its meeting on September 11, 2019 the Council Executive agreed to amend this scheme and invite applications from a wider range of local 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.

Bids are now invited from any organisations that meet 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. The deadline for applications is November 7, 2019.

Portfolio Holder for Support and Safeguarding, Cllr Josephine Hawkins, said: “I am delighted to support the changes that the Council is introducing to its Revenue Grant scheme.

“The new set-up means that the Council is now inviting funding applications from any qualifying local organisations that provide key services in the Borough, whether through community activities, supporting local people, or promoting the natural environment.

“I urge any group who might qualify to find out more about the scheme and apply before the November deadline.”

Where organisations undertake work on the Council’s behalf, the Council Executive has agreed to ring-fence their funds. This relates to Citizens Advice Surrey Heath (£80,000 in 2019/20), Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership (£10,000) and Basingstoke Canal Authority (£10,000).

The total cash budget available is a minimum of £165,000 (that includes the ring-fenced funds for the above organisations). This is subject to final confirmation when the Council Budgets are set, which is expected towards the end of 2019.

The scheme is open annually and covers the period from April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021.

All awards made are linked to Service Level Agreements, to ensure the changing local priorities and needs continue to be met.

For more information, and to download an application form, visit surreyheath.gov.uk/revenue-grant-scheme

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