Cash shared out be­tween projects

Tough job for cab­i­net to se­lect groups to re­ceive grant awards

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

DOZENS of vol­un­tary and com­mu­nity groups have been given a fi­nan­cial boost.

Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil’s (CDC) Com­mu­nity Grand Aid scheme has awarded a to­tal of £32,250 to 36 bod­ies which be­tween them pro­vide a wide range of ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties.

The coun­cil’s cab­i­net rec­om­mended the re­cip­i­ents, which this year have in­cluded com­mu­nity li­braries, diver­sion­ary youth ac­tiv­i­ties, ac­tiv­i­ties for vul­ner­a­ble older res­i­dents and First World War com­mem­o­ra­tive events.

Coun­cil­lor Peter Hud­son, CDC’s cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­nity, said: “I can­not praise too highly the work our lo­cal vol­un­tary groups do and we know the funds we award are used wisely, bring­ing great ben­e­fits to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“Even bet­ter, the awards we make help vol­un­tary groups at­tract other ex­ter­nal fund­ing, and in the time our scheme has run, this has brought in an ad­di­tional £1mil­lion to lo­cal groups.

“We could spend the Com­mu­nity Grant Aid bud­get many times over, and de­mand for th­ese limited re­sources in­creases ev­ery year. To help or­gan­i­sa­tions which ap­plied this year find out how they can ac­cess other ex­ter­nal fund­ing, we’ll be invit­ing them to a Com­mu­nity Im­pact Bucks fund­ing ad­vice surgery ses­sion at a fu­ture date.”

Photo by Richard Swingler

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