COMMUNITY and self-help groups in North Staffordshire who are addressing poverty and disadvantage are being urged to get applications in by January 29 for the next round of grants of up to £1,000 from The Robbie Williams Give It Sum Fund.
The Give it Sum Community Chest, which is supported by The Robbie Williams Give It Sum Fund and run by Comic Relief, is open to voluntary and community organisations based in North Staffordshire – the Staffordshire Moorlands and Newcastle-under-Lyme – with an annual income of less than £12,500 with their own constitution and UK bank account, that are working to improve the lives of disadvantaged people.
The fund targets community work in North Staffordshire, Robbie's home area, where he wants to put something back into the community.
Suzanne Cole who administers the fund at Support Staffordshire (Staffordshire Moorlands) said: "This is very much a local fund with decisions made by a local panel made up of people who know the area and its needs."
Grants awarded are between £50 and £1,000 and can be used for both revenue and/or capital costs.
Suzanne said: "The fund aims to support small groups or projects that have a need for specific funds and grants will be "one time" single payments.
"The Fund wishes to award grants to a broad range of projects that address poverty, disadvantage and discrimination as defined by the people of North Staffordshire and its communities.
"The Fund wants to encourage a climate in which people have the chance to influence their own lives and become actively involved in their local community.
"Priority will be given to groups that involve their users in the running of their services."
The next deadline for applications is Wednesday, January 29. The application form with guidelines is available from Suzanne Cole at Support Staffordshire (Staffordshire Moorlands) on 01538 381356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.