STRATFORD’S grant-giving charity has awarded more than £180,000 in its first round of three this year.
Stratford Town Trust, dedicated to supporting the community, pledges around £2 million of funds each year thanks to the Guild and College estates charities whose origins date back to the thirteenth century.
Stratford CAB was awarded the largest grant of nearly £55,000 for its work, while mental health charity Springfield Mind was awarded over £23,000 to support its Dementia Wellbeing Cafés which offer respite and friendship to dementia patients and their carers.
Also among those awarded the 19 grants were Bridgetown Primary School, The Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs (WAYC), Tiddington Community Centre, Stratford in Bloom and Stratford’s Christmas Lights display.
Smaller grants will support organisations like Welcombe Community Radio and Sunny Side Up – a community group for the town’s older residents, with Stratford Festival Orchestra being awarded £2,000 for new instruments.
Grants manager Claire Bowry, said: “We are delighted to be awarding more than £180,000 in grants to support the community of Stratford.
“Thanks to the incredibly hard work of the very many different charities and groups working across our town to provide invaluable support and services, we know this money makes a very real difference to local lives.”
Visit www.stratfordtowntrust.co.uk for information on grants and applications.
Stratford Town Trust has pledged around £2million to locals and community projects each year since 2001. (s)