Lichfield not-for-profit groups benefit from grants scheme

Grant Aid reception

Grant Aid reception

Fourty-four local not-for-profit groups are set to benefit from Lichfield District Council grants through their Grant Aid and Grant Aid Plus schemes. The funding, which totals £43,000 is to be split between a range of organisations including pre-school groups and sport clubs to local environment groups.

Grant Aid gives up to £1,000 of funding to non-profits that can be spent on items such as equipment or building refurbishments as long as it goes towards improving services for people living in Lichfield District.

Councillor Helen Fisher, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “It was lovely to meet the many groups that will be benefiting from the council’s Grant Aid. They were full of praise for the scheme, and told me it was a wonderful resource to call upon.

“The funding will be spent on a wide variety of things that will benefit communities right across the district – including buying up to date radio equipment for St John Ambulance Lichfield Division, and buying materials so that the Embroidery for Burntwood Community can create a piece of embroidery of St Anne’s Church in Chasetown.”

Amongst the grant winners was Edingale Village Hall which was rewarded £550 for a new kitchen. Lynn Dixon, Edingale Village Hall Committee member, said: “Our village hall is used by lots of people from the village and surrounding area. It’s a large hall that caters for events of all sizes, including meetings, lectures, classes, and sports – particularly badminton. This grant, together with other money we have raised, means we can totally refurbish our old kitchen, and replace it with a new stainless steel one. We hope this will make our village hall an even more popular venue for local people.”

Lichfield pre-school, Jack and Jill’s will benefit from £300 for new toys to benefit the 65 children that attend. Sarah Dennis, Fundraising Officer for Jack and Jill’s Pre-School, said: “We really need to update some old equipment and to buy new toys for the children, and so we’re thrilled to have been awarded the funds to do this. We will be spending the money on a soft seating area, art materials to create displays, and more.”

Grant Aid Plus awards were granted to four groups. The scheme focuses on the council’s priorities and rewards up to £5,000.

One recipient was Live at Home Burntwood & Lichfield who received the full £5,000 available. Sue Meehan, Area Manager for Lichfield and Burntwood Live at Home Schemes, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding. We will spend it on providing care and support to help older people across the district to live at home for longer.”

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