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Voluntary groups urged to apply for We Love Lichfield Fund money

Voluntary groups across Lichfield are being urged to apply for a share of a funding pot.

The We Love Lichfield Fund has announced its next series of grants and is hoping to help even more organisations.

Grants are awarded twice a year to voluntary organisations and up to £5,000 will be given away over the summer. Monies are available for equipment, training and events and grants between £100 and £500 will be made to successful groups who apply before June 30.

Simon Price, CEO of Arthur Price and patron of the We Love Lichfield Fund, said: “I’m delighted to announce the next series of grants for and I’m looking forward to hearing about all the fantastic work done across the district and how we can help.

“The Fund is here solely to help those people and organisations who give their time for free and make a significant contribution to society. Without them, many precious projects would not benefit many members of our society.”

The recipients of the first series of grants back in December 2011 included:

  • Lichfield and Burntwood Social Club for the Blind (£300)
  • Burntwood Breast Care Group (£200)
  • Shenstone Playing Fields Association (£175)
  • Here Comes Christmas Organising Committee (£125)
  • Chasetown WI (£200)
  • 1st Burntwood Scout Group (£200)
  • Churches Together in Lichfield’s Christmas Day Together event (£300)
  • Lichfield Gospel Choir (£150)
  • Step Forward Stroke Support Group (£250)
  • Gartmore Riding for the Disabled (£200)
  • Fusion Credit Union (£200)
  • St Michael’s Primary School PTA (£200)

Churches Together in Lichfield used their grant for a Christmas Day Together event which provided lunch, tea and entertainment on Christmas Day for 43 people who would have otherwise been alone.

Shenstone Playing Fields Association and Here Comes Christmas used their money to organise a free carol singing event in the village.

Launched in 2011, the We Love Lichfield Fund considers applications from local groups in need twice a year. Companies and individuals are welcomed to donate or fund-raise and all money is invested through a permanent endowment fund by registered charity Staffordshire Community Foundation on behalf of We Love Lichfield in line with charity commission guidelines.

The interest and dividends earned on the invested money is then distributed by the We Love Lichfield Fund as small grants across the district. The beauty of this model is that it will provide a source of on-going funding that can be used for small grants, and larger grants as the fund grows, for many years to come.

The fund aims to raise £500,000 by April 2016, which would mean up to £25,000 could be given away every year.

Applications to the We Love Lichfield Fund will close on June 30. In order to qualify you should make sure that your organisation and project fits in with the guidelines. For an application form or further information call the Staffordshire Community Foundation on 01782 683000 or visit www.staffsfoundation.org.uk/welovelichfield.

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