Shropshire Community Council awards

PUBLISHED: 11:11 17 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:11 20 February 2013

Shropshire Community Council awards

Shropshire Community Council awards

Many community groups in Shropshire will have another reason to celebrate this Christmas, with a little extra money to start the New Year

Many community groups in Shropshire will have another reason to celebrate this Christmas, with a little extra money to start the New Year. In this, the season of goodwill, the Community Council of Shropshire has been spreading festive cheer by giving more than 40 small grants to volunteer-led, grassroots community groups across the county.

The council has made the grants using funding from the Grassroots Grants Fund, Shropshire Community Fund and Millichope Fund which aim to equip small, local groups with the resources to run activities and projects in their community.

Whether it is kitting out a sports club, training volunteers, improving facilities at a village hall or kick-starting a new self-help group, the community councils small grants have helped groups across Shropshire.

And to demonstrate the success of the Grassroots Grants programme, a number of performance groups who have received a grant, will be coming together for a celebration concert at Shrewsbury School on Wednesday, December 15.

To continue this spirit of giving, the community council has been working with businesses, trusts and individual donors to create a fund which will offer small grants for many years to come. With an endowment fund of 145,000 already in place, the council is well on its way towards its goal to establish a fund which will ensure a lasting legacy of grant giving in our communities.

With the added benefit of being able to secure a pound of Government funding for every pound raised, the council has been fundraising so Shropshire groups can continue to access resources to grow and thrive.

We have until March 2011 to bring as much of this Government match-funding as possible into Shropshire by fundraising from a wide variety of sources, says chief executive Julia Baron who recently undertook a trek across the Himalayas, raising more than 4,000 for the fund.

The Shropshire Grassroots Fund is something that can make an impact at the heart of the communities we live in. Our donors all share our awareness of the need to support local activities happening in their communities and to date several donations have been made by groups who themselves have received grant funding in the past.

If these stories of community success are tempting you to be generous this festive season, the community council is looking for people like you to spread the festive cheer and really help Shropshires community groups to thrive. Any donation, no matter how small will immediately be doubled to support community groups in Shropshire.

The examples of the projects that have been helped by our grants show that it is money well spent. So why not donate a Christmas present that will give something back? adds Julia.
For tickets for the concert,
tel: 01743 360641.

Gifted groups

- Gardeners in Morda will be growing a fine feast after the Morda Golden Garden group was awarded 650 to plant fruit trees and improve weatherproofing for its community allotment

- Older people living in and around Oswestry will be able to participate in a programme of tea dances thanks to grants totalling 1,000 for Oswestry and Surrounding Area Association for the Elderly

- Healthy snacking will be the order of the day at Whittington Youth club thanks to a grant of 250 towards a milkshake maker, which will also generate an ongoing income for them

- In Church Stretton the activities of Coffeecraft, a new support group, have been given a boost following a grant of 400 for craft equipment

I- n Chelmarsh, news of a grant of 440 to fund a hearing loop in the Parish Hall will be warmly received by people with a hearing impairment

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