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    News release: 06 November 2019

    Voluntary and community groups can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for projects to help vulnerable people.

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    The money is from St Albans City and District Council’s Community Grants Fund for 2019/20.

    This is the second round of funding this year for good causes that benefit the whole community.

    Applications are considered on the basis of how well they meet a wide range of Council priorities.

    For this round, the Council particularly encourages projects aimed at black and minority ethnic residents, older people and those living in the Sopwell, Cunningham, Batchwood, London Colney and Redbourn wards. Around £19,500 is available.

    The fund is administered with the help of Communities 1st, an organisation that provides advice to charities and encourages volunteering.

    Applications can be until midnight Sunday 5 January 2020 and an information event will be held on Monday 11 November to give groups guidance on what projects are eligible.

    It will take place from 6.00pm to 7.30pm in the Hub at the Civic Centre, St Peter’s Street, St Albans. 

    Representatives from interested groups are welcome to attend and hear more about the funding process.

    Communities 1st  will also host surgeries throughout the application period to discuss project ideas and how to draft applications. To book a place, go to: www.communities1st.org.uk.

    Grants distributed last year included £3,370 to the Counselling Foundation for a bereavement counsellor to lead two groups for people affected by suicide or the loss of a child.

    A grant of £4,500 went to Citizens Advice to promote inclusion in Redbourn and £3,340 went to the Trestle Theatre for a weekly drama group that brings together adults with and without disabilities.

    Herts Asians Women’s Association was awarded £4,480 for its work supporting isolated people and the London Colney Youth Project received £4,300 for after-school clubs. 

    Councillor Anthony Rowlands, Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure and Sport, said: “We are committed to helping voluntary and community groups deliver projects in our District as part of our Inclusion Strategy.

    “Every year we offer this valuable financial aid to groups who do highly important work in our community to support vulnerable people.

    “To provide more information and help in making applications, there will be an Information event that I urge anyone interested to go along to it.

    “Our community fund has the potential to benefit many hundreds of people across the District and we want to ensure that it does so in a fair and effective way.”

    Grant application forms for 2019-20 can be downloaded from Communities 1st website.

    To see the full list of grants awarded last year, please see: bit.ly/2UXLlG3.

    Councillor contact: Cllr Anthony Rowlands, Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure and Sport: cllr.a.rowlands@stalbans.gov.uk;  07761 232064. 

    Media contact: John McJannet, Principal Communications Officer: 01727 819533; john.mcjannet@stalbans.gov.uk.