£300,000 worth of community grants to be awarded to community groups and charities

Published: Thursday, 7th March 2019

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead will award £300,000 to charities and good causes during 2019/20 as part of its community grants scheme, with £270,000 awarded in the first funding round.

Each year the Royal Borough awards community grants to a wide range of sports clubs, care centres, borough events and more, to assist in the great work they do in our community.

This year 51 grants were awarded, and over the next year this money will be used for a number of things, from day-to-day running costs, to new equipment or training.

Cllr Saunders, said: “It’s great that we’re able to help such a diverse mix of groups, charities and sports clubs around the borough.

“The community grants go such a long way for so many, and it’s wonderful to see what this money can do.”

Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) are regular recipients of our community grants, and have been awarded £16,500 this year to help support the work they do with community groups in the borough.

BCF raise and distribute funds directly to local causes, and have raised money for Alzheimer’s Dementia Support, Citizens Advice Maidenhead and Windsor, Sportsable and many more.

Claire Tyrell, director of programmes for BCF, said: “The partnership with the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is vital to enduring our success.

For some recipients, the grants contribute directly to their day-to-day running, including office rental, stationery and postage.

Ascot Volunteer Bureau (AVB), who were awarded £1000 to help with their daily operation, provide a volunteer driver service for elderly people who are unable to use public transport in order to attend their medical appointments.

Gordon Anderson, honorary treasurer of AVB, said: “All of this work is carrier out entirely by volunteers. We rely solely on grants and donations from local organisations and individuals, like the Royal Borough, without which we could not continue to operate.”

As well as organisations that provide support to local residents, our community grants go to sports clubs and teams in the borough, helping to provide members with the best facilities and opportunities as possible.

FC Holyport were awarded £4,000 to go towards their winter training for all 16 teams in the club, ranging from under 6s to under 16s.

The club are committed to helping children progress from a young age into grass roots football, and use the money from the grant to secure space at Cox Green and Furze Platt to play.

Mark Branwhite, club chairman, said: “The news of this grant is absolutely brilliant. I am so pleased with the amount of money and it will go such a long way and make a huge difference at the club.

“The kids love playing here and this support means we can carry on doing what we do knowing their football is secure.”

More details of these recipients, and more, will be available soon.

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