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Funding approved for voluntary sector organisations

Uttlesford District Council has pledged support of more than £300,000 for voluntary sector organisations doing vital work in the district.

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Contributions will be made towards supporting the work of the Council for Voluntary Service, Uttlesford Community Travel, Citizens Advice, Volunteer Uttlesford, Support 4 Sight, Home-Start, Voluntary Sector Training, Action for Families, Hearing Help Essex, and St Clare Hospice.

The money, for 2018/19, is the second funding allocation of a two-year grant programme.

Representatives of these organisations gave a presentation to the council's Voluntary Support Grant Committee in February, outlining how the money they received last year has supported their key objectives and how the funding for 2018/19 would be used. The funding allocations were endorsed by Cabinet at a meeting on Wednesday (4 April).

Cllr Vic Ranger, Cabinet Member for Communities and Partnerships, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to once again offer this level of financial support for the voluntary sector. These organisations are doing great work and making a real difference in our communities."

These voluntary sector allocations are in addition to the various grants schemes distributed by the council, including Community Project, Leisure and Cultural, Sports Projects, and Youth Travel grants.

In total the council awards in excess of £530,000 a year in grant aid as well as currently making a further £78,000 available via the Members Ward Grant scheme.

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10 April 2018