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Key local projects driven by council funding

Staffordshire County Council have been providing important funding for local projects that are helping to improve the quality of life for residents.

The Staffordshire Local Community Fund has been helping to support these community projects by allowing them to be sustainable and supporting to the residents, whilst also driving improvement. In the last year, 158 community projects across the county have been supported by the fund, with over £115,000 being received in financial backing.

Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture, Victoria Wilson, said:

“Each year, our community funding helps hundreds of local projects that help make a real difference to people’s lives.

“Our communities are at the heart of everything we do and this year we saw a real mix of fantastic projects, from those helping to bring older residents together, to those helping people with mental health issues and those getting young people out on their first scout camps following the pandemic.

“We have community spirit in Staffordshire and a vibrant community sector, all helping to make Staffordshire people’s lives better. We continue work with the sector, to help it grow, be sustainable, and to provide essential support to our residents and communities. This year’s fund is currently open for applications, and I would urge people to check if they are eligible and then to speak to their local county councillor.”

Projects involve support for people suffering from dementia, including by providing sessions where people can learn how the disease affects people and help for those who are at risk of loneliness and isolation by bringing the community together for singing sessions. These projects are vital for the residents of Staffordshire, especially with the rising cost-of-living and the recovery from Covid-19, which could leave people in greater need for support from their community.

The 2022 Community Fund is open for applications now, with projects seeking funding being encouraged to speak to their county councillor. Each county councillor has been allocated up to £2,500 to help fund projects in their area.

The deadline for applications for this year is 31st October, with funding having to be spent by 31st March 2023, unless it has been already agreed with the county council.

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