Local voluntary organisations invited to apply for grants

30 June 2014

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Local voluntary and community groups are being invited to apply for a grant for the next financial year (April 2015 - March 2016) from today (Monday 30 June 2014).

The grants are available through Woking Borough Council's Voluntary and Community Grants Scheme. This scheme helps local non-profit making community and voluntary groups, who may be in need of financial assistance, to continue providing services to the public.

Groups seeking financial support need to apply electronically through the Window on Woking (WOW) website (www.windowonwoking.org.uk). Almost 700 community groups in Woking are already registered on the site, and these groups will automatically receive an email notifying them when they can apply.

Groups wishing to apply for a grant, who are not registered on WOW, will need to complete the quick and easy registration process and will then be able to apply direct, through their newly created page on the website.

For those people who do not have access to the internet, or are physically unable to carry out the application, help is available through the Woking Association of Voluntary Service (WAVS - 01483 751456), based at Provincial House in Commercial Way, Woking.

Substantial funds were awarded this year (2014/15) to local groups through grants and other types of support provided by the Council, including special rates for community groups renting or hiring Council premises, and discretionary rate relief.

The groups supported by the Council vary from large, Borough-wide organisations such as Woking Citizens Advice Bureau to small, local groups such as Woking shopMobility. The scheme supports both capital projects, such as the purchase of equipment, and revenue projects, such as salaries and rent.

Cllr Gary Elson, Woking Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Grants to Voluntary and Community Organisations, said: "I am delighted that we are, once again, able to offer local voluntary and community groups our support through the community grants scheme. Local groups provide a wide range of services that are essential to our community and I would encourage any local group, large or small, to apply for financial support via the Window on Woking website."

Application forms are now available. The closing date for completed applications is Friday 5 September 2014. More information is available by visiting www.woking.gov.uk/wbc/grants or by contacting Frank Jeffrey, Woking Borough Council's Democratic Services Manager on 01483 743012 or email frank.jeffrey@woking.gov.uk