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Voluntary and community groups are being invited to bid for the latest round of funding from Redditch Borough Council’s Main Grants Pot.

The Main Grants Pot allows Voluntary Community Sector organisations and groups to bid for funding from £500 up to £5,000 to help with their core costs and salaries or to support them to deliver great community events, projects and activities.

Due to Covid-19 and after consulting with VCS groups, the Main Grant Pot has been split into two rounds. The first round ended in May this year and successful bids included:

  • Old Needle Works, Parenting provision: £2,530
  • BARN, The Volunteer Centre: £4,709
  • Carers Careline, Email and telephone services: £4,000
  • Redditch Wheels Project, Vision 2020: £5,000
  • BENS Community Groups, BENS Community Groups: £2,350
  • Relate, Counselling services: £4,000

The remainder of the pot is now up for grabs and will be open for bids until 4pm, Wednesday 7th October 2020. VCS groups can apply here.

There is set criteria in place that anyone wishing to apply must meet. Each proposed project must be something that is needed in the area, well planned, outcome focussed and aligned to the Council’s Strategic Purposes.

Cllr Matt Dormer, Leader of Redditch Borough Council, said: “In Redditch we have a strong sense of community, currently more so than ever, and as a council we are committed to supporting VCS organisations to deliver projects and activities that have a positive and beneficial impact on Redditch and its residents.

“The Pandemic has hit everyone in one way or another and we are all treading uncertain ground. Whether you are putting up screens, need extra help to pay overheads or are hoping to progress a socially distanced project in the borough, I hope that our voluntary community sector take advantage of the second round of grant funding. Together we can unlock a bright future for Redditch even during such uncertain times.”

The VCS Grants Programme for 2020-21 consists of two grant pots, the Financial Advice and Problem Solving Grant, and the Main Grants.

For more information or help please contact the Grants Team.