Local Community Groups Benefit From Small-Grant Community Fund
The Small-Grant Community Fund offers support to groups in Mole Valley to carry out valuable work within their communities to boost community resilience and self-reliance. This new Mole Valley District Council fund, launched in April 2017, provides a pot of £18,500 for applications for 2017/2018 to include one-off projects and revenue support.
Four local groups have already benefited from the last two rounds of funding, receiving a total of £9,000 towards valuable local community projects.
Dorking Area Community First Responders received funding for two defibrillator and responder kit bags for newly recruited first responders and two cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) models for use in their free community HeartStart courses to demonstrate the most effective rate and depth for compressions.
B@titude received a contribution to the forthcoming May 2018 'Kings & Queens' event, this event is aimed at the lonely and vulnerable elderly in the local community by offering a sit down meal and entertainment.
Family Voice Surrey's grant will fund a local 'hub coordinator' for Mole Valley, who will represent Family Voice Surrey in the District, building a network of parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs and/or disabilities.
Surrey Care Trust's grant will support three volunteer mentors to help vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Mole Valley to improve their life chances.
Mole Valley District Council would really like to hear from more small organisations and charities within Mole Valley who would benefit from the fund. Applications are welcomed for funding up to £5,000. For applications below £1,000 there is a shorter quicker application process to make applying as easy as possible.
Grants are allocated on a quarterly basis throughout the financial year. The next deadline closes on 29th December, and the final one for this financial year on 31st March 2018. The Community Grants team is happy to offer support and guidance to organisations thinking about making an application, to ensure the best possible chance of success.
Councillor Lucy Botting, Executive Member for Wellbeing said, "All four of these recent awards will have a real impact on our community, tackling a wide range of community issues, in these cases those of loneliness, family support and emergency medical care. We are proud to have been able to support these projects and welcome more applications from groups across Mole Valley.
"If you think your group's work may qualify for an award then contact us to talk it through and find out more."