More than £235k in grants now awarded

27 March 2017

THE COMMUNITY will benefit from more than £235,000 worth of grants awarded by Stratford Town Trust in its first round of 2017.

The largest grant has just been confirmed - £54,868 - going to Citizens Advice Stratford, to support its Core Funding, Money Advice Service and additional resource for the Reach Out and Help service. Last year Citizens Advice helped over 2,000 town residents and supported them in dealing with over 7,000 issues including benefits, housing issues and debt.

The second largest grant - £23,326 – goes to Springfield Mind to support its Dementia Wellbeing Cafés; one already established in Stratford, with another now being set up.

Jo Min, Business Manager for Springfield Mind, said: “It is fantastic news that Stratford Town Trust has kindly supported the Old Town dementia wellbeing café again this year and is providing additional funding for Springfield Mind to set up a new café in the Maybird area. It is so important to have these cafés as they offer vital information, support and friendship for those living with dementia, and for their carers.”

Bridgetown Primary School receives the third largest amount - £20,000 – to fund new outdoor play equipment.

Deputy Head Lisa Pinkerton said: “The staff, parents and children at Bridgetown Primary School are completely thrilled. We now have enough money to go ahead with the first phase of the project to replace our old play equipment, and have already contacted the supplier to book a date with them. The money will help make a difference to the school life of a whole generation of Bridgetown children, and is gratefully received.”

A grant for £19,500 goes to the Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs (WAYC) to support Stratford Sharp Minds. It’s a programme which consists of regular youth club activities with tailored one-to-one support for socially-isolated young people with emotional difficulties and mental health problems.

WAYC Youth Worker Alasdair McCarrick said: “We're obviously delighted and the funding is very timely given the increase in the number of referrals we are receiving. We had three new starters last week - young people with extreme anxiety who are desperate for something positive to look forward to. The grant from Stratford Town Trust will help us to provide long-term support and opportunities for these young people to improve their self-esteem and sense of self-worth and to view the world through a lens of hope and positivity instead of despair and hopelessness.”

Tiddington Community Centre gets more than £17,000 to support its ongoing refurbishment, while Stratford’s Christmas Lights has been awarded £15,000 to support this year’s festive display, with the same amount also going to Stratford in Bloom.

Smaller grants will help organisations like Welcombe Community Radio, receiving £8,495 to support the station which operates out of Tyler House.  Sunny Side Up – a community group for the town’s older residents – receives £5,000 to support running costs, with Stratford Festival Orchestra being awarded £2,000 for new instruments.

In total, 19 grants have been awarded in Round 1, totalling £235,204:

Applicant Name Project Name Awarded
Citizens Advice Stratford-upon-Avon 

Springfield Mind Ltd

Core funding, Money Advice and Reach Out and Help 

Dementia wellbeing cafes




Bridgetown Primary School Outdoor Play Equipment Fund £20,000
Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs Stratford Sharp Minds £19,500
Tiddington Community Centre (TCC) Phase 4: Toilets refurb, sound and projector upgrade £17,355
Stratford upon Avon Christmas Lights Co Ltd Stratford upon Avon Christmas Lights 2017 £15,000
Stratford in Bloom Stratford-upon-Avon in Bloom Ltd – Stratford Floral Displays £15,000
Warwickshire Association for the Blind Advice Desk & My Sight Group for Stratford Eye Clinic £10,500
VASA VASA Community Transport Running Costs £10,000
ILEAP ILEAP Market Ability £10,000
Welcombe Radio Running Costs £8,495
New Hope Counselling The Timon Fund - counselling £6,200
Rezilient (Duke of Edinburgh) Rezilient -Gold DofE programme £5,000
Sunny Side Up Running costs £5,000 


Stop! Listen,Play Getting to Know You £4,960
STT Charitable Activities Bandstand concerts2017 £3,500
Shakespeare Lions Club Shakespeare Lions Centennial Eye Project £2,500
Stratford Festival Orchestra Additional musical instruments £2,000
Stratford-upon-Avon Chamber Music Society Running Costs £2,000
 TOTAL AWARDED:  £235,204


Claire Bowry, Grants Manager for Stratford Town Trust, said: “We are delighted to be awarding more than £235,000 in grants to support the community of Stratford-upon-Avon. Thanks to the incredibly hard work of the very many different charities and groups working across our town to provide invaluable support and services, we know this money makes a very real difference to local lives.”

Stratford Town Trust is a grant-giving charity dedicated to supporting local people and community projects. Its income is derived from the properties and funds of two charities, the Guild and College estates, whose origins go back to the thirteenth century.

Since 2001 the Trust has given out around £2 million each year to local good causes, community projects and initiatives that make Stratford a better place to live, work and study.

Grants are awarded three times a year. Applications for Round 2 of 2017 must be submitted by 5pm on Friday May 12th. 

Click here to see who can apply and how to apply

Fast-track grants for up to £1,000 are also awarded all-year round.

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