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£15,000 earmarked for Stone community groups

As part of the Staffordshire Local Community Fund, hundreds of community projects are having a real impact on Staffordshire people

Outdoor gym equipment aimed at young people, A gazebo for a local charity for fund raising events, upgrades for a local community centre, and training of volunteers for support groups are amongst the projects funded through the Staffordshire Local Community Fund.

Last year the fund supported 522 community projects from across the county with community organisations and groups receiving £439,633.

Now, the scheme is accepting bids for projects running in 2018/19.

Each county councillor will receive an allocation of £7,500 towards funding for their local area and chooses which projects to fund.  The scheme, which has been in place since 2009, has supported a broad range of community organisations including sports clubs, scouts and guides youth groups, older people’s social clubs, safety schemes, arts groups and more.

Gill Heath, Cabinet Member for Communities at Staffordshire County Council  said: “This is a great Fund that is making a real difference to hundreds of Staffordshire communities. It’s helping lots of groups access funding to help get their projects and events off the ground.  Lots of the projects are helping improve people’s lives from promoting healthy and active lifestyles, bringing communities together, providing activities and equipment for young people, to organising projects to reduce social isolation amongst older people.

“If you think it could help your group then please get in touch with your local county councillor.”

For the Stone Urban division Jill Hood is the County Councillor and in 2017/2018 Jill supported 12 local community causes, details of which can be found here.

For the Stone Rural division Ian Parry is the County Councillor and in 2017/2018 Ian supported 11 local schemes, full details can be found here.

Ian said: “It’s great that the County Council is continuing to support community groups who provide so many activities and opportunities for local people. I am looking to explore how the fund can do more to build community bonds”.

You can find out more about how to apply and the projects supported during 2017 at  https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/yourcouncil/slcf/home.aspx

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