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Croydon Commitment offering community groups a share of £24,000 funding

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INSPIRATIONAL groups hoping to make lives of Croydon people better are being offered the chance to get some extra funding.

Croydon Commitment, the corporate charity supported by local businesses, is looking to use its Grassroots Trust Fund to support these groups and has around £24,000 in its coffers this year.

Ian Robinson, chief executive of Croydon Commitment, said: "We are looking to offer some of the smaller organisations in Croydon, which provide vital services within the community, the opportunity to reach their goals and aspirations."

He said the trust had been established in 2008 to provide a long-term legacy of local assistance.

This year's fund will be paid out to a limited number of small projects, voluntary organisations, charities or social enterprises.

They can apply for a grant of up to £6,000.

To qualify, the group must have been active for a least one year, be non-profit making, have an annual income of less than £250,000, an active management committee, sound financial plans and a governing document.

Among the groups benefiting from the trust fund last year were homeless charity, Nightwatch; cancer charity the Brenda Kirby Trust; Lives Not Knives and Croydon Carers' Association.

Monique Rebeiro from Lives Not Knives, which raises awareness among young people of the dangers of carrying knives, said: "Because of our funding we have been able to host 20 anti-knife roadshows in primary schools, reaching thousands of pupils."

This year fund is open for applications until February 28.

To apply for a grant click here

Croydon Commitment offering community groups a share of £24,000 funding


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