GRANTS for community and voluntary groups are up for grabs from Redditch borough council – and they are being urged to take advantage of them.
The issue raised its head at Monday night’s full council meeting as Conservative members objected to proposals that any grants not taken up should be returned to council coffers.
Councillor David Bush (Con, Redditch West) said: “I have been concerned about money not being spent being re-allocated. There has been an historic problem with supporting the voluntary sector in Redditch – we still do not have an applications officer so is likely to be continued.”
In reply Coun Greg Chance (Lab, Central) said: “It is reasonable that any money that is not claimed is put back because it’s not our money, it’s not the grant panel’s money, it’s the money of the people of Redditch.”
However he did acknowledge that the council “should be shouting loud and clear to the voluntary sector” that there were grants available to suitable organisations.
In all £237,000 is on offer for suitable groups that have programmes which would enhance the lives of the people of Redditch and a grants workshop in partnership with BARN (Bromsgrove and Redditch Network) planned for October 13 at Redditch Town Hall which will offer more information.
Councillor Bill Hartnett, leader of the council, said: “We are proud to offer these grants – no idea is too big or small and help is available if you’re unsure of the process.”
The grant scheme opens for bids on September 28 and closes at 4pm on Novemver 13.
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