Grants for the voluntary sector
This evening Woking Borough Council held its yearly meeting of the Executive where financial awards to volunteer and community organisations are decided. The council has sought to protect the grants budget over the past few years even as it has taken steps to cut costs elsewhere through reductions in headcount, investing in revenue generating assets and outsourcing services to provide better value for money to taxpayers.
The council has awarded some £930,000 in revenue and community funding to voluntary groups this year, which is a reduction compared to last year but still a good achievement considering that we are likely to see a further 10% cut in Woking’s central government grant.
Awards were made to replace the Lakeview Community Hall and to refurbish Goldwater Lodge, both in Goldsworth Park. The council will also provide the Old Woking Community Centre with £15,000 to employ a part-time IT worker. Grants were awarded to the Pyrford and Wisley Flower Show and to Friends of Woking Palace to continue their good work. Repeat funding was made available to Woking Shopmobility and the Woking Community Transport Fund to help meet the needs of those with disabilities and attending appointments at St Peter’s and Ashford Hospitals.
There appears to be consensus from both parties that this year’s awards have been effectively targeted. As well as money provided through grants, the council provides assistance to the voluntary sector through support in kind, such as car park passes and use of the council premises.
A list of grants made to the voluntary sector can be found on the council’s website.