Grants totalling over £50,000 have been awarded to over 20 local organisations whose work makes a positive difference to people’s lives.

The applications were considered and agreed by Farnham Town councillors and are for a wide range of projects across the whole of Farnham. Some of the projects that will receive financial support include nearly £2,000 to the 3rd Farnham Scout Group for a new toilet and wet-room with disabled access; £1,700 towards custom-made sightscreens on Rowledge recreation ground and £2,000 towards equipping the Phyllis Tuckwell day hospice with appropriate modern furniture and fittings.

A number of grants are for contributions towards community-wide events such as the continuation of the family focused pop-up craft events run by the Farnham Maltings Association; a community archaeology project planned by the Museum of Farnham and an educational community programme that will be organised and run by the New Ashgate Gallery during a month of craft. Support for Heritage Open days run by the Farnham Society and the work of Blackwater Valley Countryside has also been approved.

Councillor John Ward, Spokesperson for the Council says: “We are pleased that we have been able to grant money to every organisation that applied for a community grant and that met the criteria. The wide-ranging activities and projects we have supported mean that every Farnham resident has an opportunity to benefit from the good work being carried out by some fantastic Farnham organisations. As well as projects that support the most vulnerable in our community, there are also many family focused initiatives that are about having fun and trying something new. Personally, I very much look forward to hearing more about the projects and attending some of the events.”

Every year Farnham Town Council awards over £50,000 to community organisations. Grants for 2014/15 will be opened in October. In the meantime, small grants of up to £200 for local community projects will be considered. Any organisation interested in applying for a small grant should contact the Town Clerk at town.clerk@farnham.gov.uk.

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