Volunteering grants are available àbut not for too long
Volunteering grants worth a total of £25,000 are still available to groups in South Oxfordshire, but time is running out to apply for them.
The money has been earmarked for community groups who have difficulties recruiting volunteers for financial reasons. The grant scheme was prompted by voluntary groups telling South Oxfordshire District Council that one of the biggest obstacles they face when trying to attract volunteers is finding money to meet training, transport and insurance costs.
In August the council launched a 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 voluntary groups in South Oxfordshire can apply for a new volunteering grant of between £250 to £750 to help cover costs, for example the costs of training as a sports coach or the costs of additional insurance needed to be a volunteer driver.
Cllr Lynn Lloyd, cabinet member for community services for South Oxfordshire District Council said: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of any community group. We know there are lots of people out there who want to help out in their local community, but sometimes the costs can be a barrier. We want to do everything we can to open those doors and give our local groups and charities the lift they need to help them continue to build thriving communities.”
The scheme will be run as a pilot in 2018/19 and depending on its success in improving the voluntary sector, councillors will decide whether to continue with it in the future.
The district council made a commitment in its Corporate Plan to provide additional support to voluntary and community groups to help them find the volunteers they need. The volunteering grant is the first of a range of exciting new projects underway to do that, and to help get communities working together to make life better in the district.
To find out more about the grant, eligibility and how to apply please see southoxon.gov.uk/volunteering<http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/volunteering>
The scheme is open to applications until January 2019.