Earlier deadline for charities wanting Wokingham Town Council grantsBy Julie Spencer
September 18, 2012
Voluntary organisations and charities seeking a grant from Wokingham Town Council must apply online before the end of the month.
The council has brought the grant application deadline forward by two months so applicants can plan for the next financial year.
All applications must be made online by Friday, September 28, and recipients will be notified by the end of November.
Jan Nowecki, town clerk, said: “We have responded to the need for people to plan for the financial year and we believe this will help organisations and charities to do that.”
Last year, the town council distributed £70,000 to good causes including Wokingham Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), St Sebastian Band, Wokingham Winter Carnival and Dingley Family & Specialist Early Years Centre.
However, recipients were not notified until after Christmas, which may have impacted on groups’ ability to plan ahead, particularly when staffing decisions had to be made, Mrs Nowecki said.
Grants for the year 2013/14 will be made to social, educational or community groups or organisations that “bring clear and positive benefit” to the people of Wokingham town, according to the council’s criteria.
The maximum grant is usually £10,000, which was given to Wokingham Town Mobility last year. Job Support Wokingham received £6,500 and the town’s CAB received £6,600.
St Sebastian Band received £3,000 which went on general running costs, including instruments and uniforms.
Paul McNeill, band chairman, said: “The council has been very good for us and in return for our grant we do jobs for the council such as playing at Armed Forces Day, Remembrance Sunday and at the Mayor's annual concert.”
All applicants must supply a set of accounts for the past year and those looking for more than £2,000 must submit a written report, annual report or set of accounts within 12 months of receiving their grant.
The online form is available at www.wokingham-tc.gov.uk.