Applications now open for community grants

Round 8 of Worcestershire County Council's Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) grants will be opening for bids from today, Monday September 5. This round of grants will be seeking applications from organisations which develop diversity in the community, provide community based activities for older people or are involved in the provision of community arts.

VCS cash up for grabsA total of £7,000 is available for grants to help VCS organisations celebrate diversity through raising knowledge and understanding and encouraging interaction through a range of activities, such as a celebration day in the community. The maximum to be applied for under this grant is £1,000.

A total of £3,000 is available for grants to help VCS organisations to show how the arts can have a positive impact by bringing communities together and for communities to take an active and participatory role in the arts. The maximum to be applied for under this grant is £500.

A total of £60,000 is available for grants to help voluntary and community sector organisations to provide activities to help meet the needs of older people in the community. The maximum to be applied for under this grant is £5,000.

Councillor John Campion, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities, said: "We are really pleased to continue supporting activities in the community in this way. The grants for arts and for activities for older people are new this year and the amounts we are able to offer to organisations will make a positive difference."

Anyone interested in applying for a grant can find out more information by visiting www.worcestershire.gov.uk/voluntary and following the 'VCS Grants' link. Alternatively a copy of the application form can be requested by emailing gwills@worcestershire.gov.uk or calling 01905 766864.

The deadline for submitting applications is 4pm on Friday, October 28.