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Each year, the Council makes funds available to support local charities and organisations, acting for the good of the community, who require additional financial help. The window for application opens around the beginning of October and closes towards the end of November.
Small Grants: These grants are for smaller amounts and are normally offered on a one-off basis to support a particular project, event, activity or the purchase of equipment. They are also open to new groups wishing to start up and receive a small contribution towards their running costs. Groups wishing to receive a small grant need to complete an application form and payment is usually made within a month of the decision.
Revenue Grants: These grants are available to community organisations which provide a significant service to the community. They are given to help with groups’ normal running costs and can also be used to fund salaries or for match funding to other funding bodies. Groups wishing to receive a revenue grant need to complete an application form and provide additional supporting information. Payment of these grants is usually made in the April.
For more information, please contact the office on [email protected] or 01454 412 103
A few words from some of our recipients:
Volunteer Centre, Thornbury: “We are the volunteer development agency for Thornbury and district. We promote, support and develop volunteering and provide a service which matches volunteers with organisations that need voluntary help. We provide training, advice and support on all matters relating to volunteering. We are supported by a small but dedicated team of Volunteer Co-ordinators. The Volunteer Centre is growing each year with the number of volunteers registering through us increasing. Last year we registered 206 volunteers through our office/website and 179 through the national volunteering database, Do-it.org. We posted 109 new opportunities and placed 90 volunteers within 44 different organisations. We supported 23 volunteer involving organisations through training, policy advice, workshops, one-to-one visits, health checks and best practice development. We work closely with local businesses and schools and offer schemes to support adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues. Volunteering breaks down social barriers and offers people opportunities to socialise with people from different social/cultural backgrounds. Volunteers support vulnerable people in society and enable them to live a rewarding life. Volunteering boosts the self-confidence and self-esteem of volunteers and by helping others in their local community improves the health and wellbeing of that community. The social value of volunteers to a community and their economic benefits are immeasurable.”
Thornbury Christmas Lights: “We were grateful for the councils donation which was used towards the purchase of the waterproof connectors for the radio controlled switches trialled at The Plain and Castle Street for the 2019 Christmas Lights Switch on. The trial was a success and the resulting WOW factor of the instantaneous show of light had every body stunned. Thank you Thornbury Town Council.”
The Over 60’s Tearoom, Thornbury: “The Over 60’s Tearoom has been running for nearly 26 years offering a place for visitors and local Thornbury residents to meet, have a cuppa and chat with other visitors and volunteers. Many of our visitors call in regularly as they know they will find a friendly face and company. One of our main aims is to combat loneliness. We are based in the Town Hall with access to the side of the property. We are open Mon—Fri, 10.00 am—4.00 pm, serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soup and squash at a very reasonable price. A cuppa and a biscuits costs only 30p! We can accommodate up to 20 people and most days are full! We are run entirely by volunteers, some of whom have been with us since the start! We receive a grant from the Town Council to cover 80% of our rent which enables us to keep our charges for the refreshments so low. Without this grant, we would not be able to keep the Tearoom running and we know that this would be a great loss to the local older community. We are told so often by visitors that they would be lost without us.”