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SUPPORT STAFFORDSHIRE HELPS TO BRING IN £16,900 TO A RURAL VILLAGE HALL IN NEWCASTLE

Thu 15 Aug 2019

Support Staffordshire, a charity that supports other charities and voluntary activity in the county helped to bring in £16,900 of funding to a village hall for upgrades and improvements.  Ashley Memorial hall is a well-used village hall in Newcastle borough but the facilities were in need of basic improvements to help attract even more users.

Michelle Cliff, Rural Officer from Support Staffordshire said, “People volunteering for village halls often don’t know where to find sources of grant funding, because there are less opportunities and more competition”.  Michelle says, “I discussed the project plans with Mark, the Chairman and developed a funding search of opportunities specific for this purpose.” 

The added benefit was that the Chairman was able to access training and guidance from Support Staffordshire before applying for funding because he had no previous experience, he didn’t understand the process or key terms needed to attract funding.  Mark said what he learned the most was "When applying for a grant for a community project, you have to put the community first in all aspects of consideration and believe in it.  You wouldn’t think that applying for a new kitchen, or replacement fascia boards would need this, but I realise you have to say what difference it will make to the local community

Mark applied to several funders, and four separate funders came back with financial contributions towards the projects.  The memorial hall also joined the Newcastle Lyme Lottery scheme to attract regular fundraisers for even more improvements.