THE COMMUNITY will benefit from almost £170,000 worth of grants awarded by Stratford Town Trust.
Stratford Hockey Club scored the largest grant of £25,000 to support a new community outreach programme.
The cash boost is the first in what will be a three-year programme – funding projects to take hockey into schools, get adults playing again and open up the sport for three to six year-olds.
The second largest grant of £20,000 goes to the Shakespeare Hospice to support its Hospice at Home Twilight Service, while £19,500 has been awarded to Support Sport, which runs sporting activities for youngsters in the Bishopton and Clopton areas.
Stratford’s Men in Sheds – a social group for the town’s older men – has been awarded £15,000 to support its running costs and its relocation to a new base.
Lifespace Trust was given £15,000 to help the charity’s one-to-one mentoring for young people and other grants include £8,000 for Stratford’s Foodbank, £12,000 to support UBUS, £7,000 for the Friendship Project and just over £4,000 to the Stratford Society to fund the restoration of the Marie Corelli Monument in Stratford cemetery.
The town trust awarded 18 grants in the second round of funding for the year totaling nearly £170,000 in addition to the £221,000 already given earlier in 2016.
Grants manager Claire Bowry said: “The trust is delighted to support such a huge range of different charities, organisations and groups, all making an invaluable contribution to the community.”
Since 2001, the trust has given out around £1million each year to good causes, community projects and initiatives that make Stratford a better place to live, work and study.
Grants are awarded three times a year. Applications for round three must be submitted by Friday, September 2.
Visit www.stratfordtowntrust.co.uk for further information.