Council approves funding for voluntary sector organisations

Uttlesford District Council has pledged support of almost £400,000 for voluntary sector organisations doing vital work in the district.

Uttlesford District Council has pledged support of almost £400,000 for voluntary sector organisations doing vital work in the district.

Contributions have been awarded to 16 organisations, including Uttlesford Citizens Advice, the Council for Voluntary Service, Uttlesford Community Travel, Home-Start Essex and Volunteer Uttlesford.

Applications for the annual funding were considered by the council's Voluntary Support Grant Committee. The allocations were endorsed by Cabinet at a meeting on 9 March.

Cllr Colin Day, Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: "The Covid-19 pandemic has had a big impact on these organisations, including on opportunities for fundraising and the additional expenditure that has been required to adapt and take on more responsibility in helping those who are most vulnerable.  

"However, they continue to make a real difference in our communities, and we are therefore pleased to be able to provide this financial support to aid their work over the next year."

The voluntary sector allocations are in addition to the various grants schemes distributed by the council, including Community Project, Leisure and Cultural, and Sports Projects. Over £55,000 has also been awarded through the Youth Initiatives Grant scheme this year.

In total, the council will award in excess of £600,000 this year in grant aid, including £78,000 which is made available via the Members Ward Grant scheme.

Find out more information about the council's community grants.

17 March 2021

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