Council support for local causes to reach £1.64m in 2018–19

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.