£10k up for grabs for small community groups

Small community groups across Stafford Borough could be in line for a share of a £10,000 pot.

Stafford Borough Council is inviting small organisations to bid for between £200 and £1000 to benefit their group. The new funding scheme was given the green light on Tuesday 31st.

A key part of securing the money will mean the organisation must make sure that any grant they get is “match funded” – which means if they get £200 from the Borough Council they must also get at least that amount via other sources.
The scheme comes on the back of the successful ‘Jubilee Fund’ which saw thousands of pounds given to groups who could prove the money would be used to provide a legacy for their organisation. Final figures demonstrated that on average for every £1 granted – groups generated an extra four and a half times that amount.

Norman Jones, Head of Policy and Improvement at the Borough Council, said:

“We want to encourage small organisations to lever additional funding from other trusts and foundations. These smaller groups are often the heartbeat of a community and we are trying to ensure they can continue to flourish by helping them to help themselves.
“For a successful bid, the group will have to show the money will be used for a project or initiative that will have benefits for its members or community for at least three years.”

Organisations will be eligible for the money if their annual income is less than £25,000 and they have no more than 50 members, with 10 or less active volunteers.

The new scheme will be administered by VAST, a charity providing services and support to voluntary and community groups. For more details contact Norman Jones npjones@staffordbc.gov.uk or 01785 619199.