MORE than £200,000 has been awarded to local good causes by Stratford Town Trust in its first grants round of 2014.
Funding will go to charities including the Citizens Advice Bureau, Warwickshire Association for the Blind, Escape Community Arts and VASA.
It will also support sports clubs, including Stratford Town Colts and Stratford Sharks, and projects like Stratford Music Festival and the extension of Holy Trinity Church.
The Trust is a grant-giving charity dedicated to supporting local people and community projects, with inmcome generated from the properties and funds of two charities – the Guild and College estates, whose origins go back to the 16th century.
Since 2001 the Trust has given out around £1 million each year to local good causes, community projects and initiatives with the aim of making Stratford a better place to live, work and study.
Grants are awarded three times a year – with the first grants round of 2014 – totalling some £200,883 – including £15,000 each to Citizens Advice Bureau’s Money Advice Service; £15,200 to Eco Workshop CIC, a charity running workshops for young adults with autism; £25,000 to Escape: Community Art in Action; and £12,70 to ESH Works offering community support for people suffering drug and alcohol problems.