Thirteen voluntary and community groups have been successful with their applications to receive a share of Colchester Borough Council’s £190,000 Voluntary Welfare Grant for 2020/2023.
Registered charities constituted voluntary and community organisations, and not-for-profit organisations across the borough were eligible to apply for a share of the grant.
Organisations submitted their applications via a competitive process and could apply for a one-off grant (covering a three-year period) of between £5,000 and £30,000. Applicants had to demonstrate that they strengthen Colchester’s communities, reduce social isolation and loneliness, and help the physical and mental wellbeing of residents.
Over £380,000 worth of requests were made to the fund. At a funding panel meeting in January, it was agreed that the 2020/23 fund would be split between a variety of organisations. Grant recipients for the 2020-23 grant are: Colchester Citizens Advice Bureau (£30,000), Dance Network Association (£20,000), Outhouse East (£22,834), Age Concern Colchester (£15,000), </i><i>Centre for Action and Rape Abuse - CARA (£20,000), Colchester Gateway (£20,000), Open Road (£10,963.76), Open Door (£10,000), Colchester CAP Debt Centre (£9,237.58), Refugee Action Colchester (£8,000), Alife James Productions (£3,250) Youth Enquiry Service (£20,000) and Hi Tension Trampoline Club (£1,714.66).