In December each year, the Council’s Executive traditionally allocates grants to local community and voluntary groups for the coming financial year. This year was no different—and last Thursday, £841,083 of grants were awarded to groups across Woking, with an additional £41,000 being put aside to support local causes.
The causes that benefit from this support are diverse, but include:
- Groups supporting the elderly, blind and disabled
- Local hospices providing care to those with advanced life-limiting conditions
- Groups providing support to people affected by family breakdowns, drugs or mental illness
- Projects offering new skills to young people who are not in education, employment or training
- Groups providing free information and advice to people in a range of difficult circumstances
- Local sports clubs looking to expand youth participation
- Groups working to improve the environment and local wildlife habitats
The process of awarding grants annually is a big part of what the Council does to support good causes in our Borough. For the 2018–19 financial year, the total value of this support is expected to reach £1.64 million.
While we are always looking to get best value for money for local taxpayers, Council funding is vital for many of these groups, which provide much-needed support to residents who rely on them. I’m immensely pleased that despite budget pressures, the Council is continuing to support worthy local causes that need our help.