South Oxfordshire is to get five new football teams, extra athletics coaching, a new archery judge and new volunteer befrienders thanks to a pilot volunteering grant scheme from South Oxfordshire District Council.
Sports clubs and community groups in the district have already benefitted from the extra help, but they don’t have to be the only ones – there is still time for other local groups to apply.
The council launched the pilot volunteering grant scheme with a total of £25,000 to give away to help voluntary and community groups find the volunteers they need.
Small groups can apply for a new volunteering grant of between £250 and £750 to help cover costs, for example, training as a sports coach or additional insurance needed to be a volunteer driver.
So far, the council is helping the following groups in the district:
Horspath-based Oxford City Athletics Club is set to receive £750 towards the cost of training more athletic coaches, which means new athletic coaching groups for young people.
Charity Enrych Oxfordshire is set to receive £750 towards costs for four new volunteers to befriend and support physically disabled adults.
Didcot Casuals football club is set to receive £705 towards the training of more football coaches, which will mean three new football teams in the club.
Wallingford Castle Archers is set to receive a £750 volunteering grant to help with training a new archery judge.
Benson United Football Club is set to receive a £538 volunteering grant, which will mean they can create two new football teams.
The pilot volunteering grant is open to small voluntary and community and social enterprise sector organisations operating in South Oxfordshire with a revenue turnover of less than £100,000 per year.
Grants to organisations will range between £250 and £750. The scheme is open to applications until 31 January 2019.