THE COMMUNITY will benefit from more than £200,000 worth of grants awarded by Stratford Town Trust.
The largest grant of £40,000 goes to the Stratford Citizens Advice Bureau to support its main funding and money advice service.
CAB will also administer a £10,000 fund from the Town Trust to award grants to individuals experiencing financial hardship.
Stratford’s Refuge, which was fighting closure last year, receives £15,000, in addition to the £10,000 awarded by the trust last year.
At any one time the refuge is able to provide a safe space for five women and their children escaping domestic violence.
Safeline, which provides specialist therapy for survivors of sexual abuse, also receives £15,000, with a further £15,000 awarded to the Warwickshire Reminiscence Action Project, supporting those looking after a loved one with dementia.
The Bear Pit Theatre has been awarded £26,000 to support the transformation of its base at the United Reformed Church in Rother Street.
VASA receives £20,000 towards the cost of the Volunteer Transport and Wheelchair Loan services, with a further £20,000 being awarded to support Stratford’s Christmas Lights, for this year’s display.
In total, 16 grants have been awarded in the first round of funding for the year, totalling £204,765.
Other grants were Parish of Alveston, St James with St Peter’s Mission (Transport and Restoration – £10,545);
STT Charitable Activities (Bandstand Concerts 2016 – £3,500); New Hope Counselling (The Timon Fund – £5,330); Push Project (LGBTQ Youth Drop In – £2,000); Stratford Festival Orchestra (running costs and instruments – £3,500);
Stratford on Avon Music Festival (Festival 2016 – £5,000); Stratford & District Boxing Academy (new boxing equipment – £3,440); Stratford Chamber Music Society (running costs-£2,000); Warwickshire Association for the Blind (Eye Clinic Advice Desk and My Sight Support Group -£8,450).
Stratford Town Trust has also awarded £5,400 in fast-track grants – providing support up to the value of £1,000 – and a further £10,680 to support 32 community parties to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Trust grants manager Claire Bowry said: “So far in 2016 we have awarded just under £221,000 in grants to support the community of Stratford.
“Thanks to the incredibly hard work of the very many different charities and groups working across our town to provide invaluable support and services, we know this money makes a very real difference to local lives.”
Since 2001 the Trust has given out around £1 million each year to local good causes, community projects and initiatives to make Stratford a better place to live, work and study.
Grants are awarded three times a year.
Applications for Round 2 must be submitted by Friday May 13.
Visit www.stratfordtowntrust.co.uk to apply.