MORE than £180,000 has been awarded to local good causes by Stratford Town Trust in its first grants round of 2015.
Among the recipients is closure-threatened Refuge – a group that supports women and their children rebuilding their lives after leaving violent relationships – which was given £10,000.
Funding was also awarded to Stratford Citizens Advice Bureau, Orchestra of the Swan and Stratford in Bloom, who received £40,000, £25,000 and £17,500 respectively.
Orchestra of the Swan will use its grant to support a programme of dementia workshops in local care homes while VASA – Voluntary Action Stratford on Avon – received £23,000 towards providing f volunteer services.
Stratford Music Festival benefited to the tune of £15,000, which will help support the 2015 festival, and a further £10,000 has gone towards the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations.
Funding has also been given to Stratford Music Centre, Clopton Nursery Trust, the Stratford branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Stratford Sharks Swimming Club and the Stratford Stroke Association support group.
Speaking about the grant, Sandra Horley, chief executive of Refuge, said: “This vital funding will help to keep the refuge in Stratford open – providing women and children fleeing domestic violence with a safe place to stay and the opportunity to rebuild their lives, free from fear.”
Claire Bowry, grants manager at Stratford Town Trust, said they were “very proud” to support so many different organisations in the town, which make a real difference to the community.
The Trust is a grant-giving charity dedicated to supporting local people and community projects, with income 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 2015 totalling some £180,653 – and applications for the second round must be submitted by 5pm on Friday May 15.
Visit www.stratfordtowntrust.co.uk to apply and for further information.