Grants up for grabs to support Hertfordshire community projects

Community groups and charities in Hertfordshire are invited to bid for grants to support projects which make a real difference to local people and their neighbourhoods.

Watford-based housing association Thrive Homes is inviting local agencies and schemes to apply for its next wave of community grants by 10th February 2017.

Thrive residents will be involved in deciding which projects should be supported, with successful applications announced by the end of March.

Thousands of pounds worth of grants are available but applications for smaller grants, of less than £1,000, are also welcome.

Daryl Pereira, Engagement Business Partner at Thrive, said: “Our community grants scheme supports local organisations and initiatives which help transform lives and make a positive difference to Thrive residents and local communities.

“We would really like to see some applications from groups and charities which haven’t benefited from our grants before.

“We’re particularly keen to hear from those working or willing to work in the South Oxhey, Maple Cross and Mill End areas and for schemes which help local people to enhance their skills and prospects through education, training and employment.”

Since 2010 Thrive has awarded over £300,000 in community grants towards a variety of projects such as Home-Start Watford & Three Rivers family support, the ASCEND Dig Deep community allotment project and Oxhey Woods Conservation Volunteers.

Grants over the last year have included £12,000 for Three Rivers Citizens Advice Bureau to provide debt advice to local people and £4,000 for Mill End Job Club to help jobseekers find work.

A £1,000 community grant paid for a summer seaside trip for young families from South Oxhey Children’s Centre, and another £3,000 was given to Watford Palace Theatre to fund creative dance workshops for older people.

Thrive’s community grants scheme, GIVE Grants, is part of its GIVE (Generating Income for Voluntary Enterprises) initiative, which aims to deliver far-reaching benefits for local communities.

This wider project includes Thrive’s staff volunteering programme GIVE Your Time, long-term practical support provided to charities in partnership with Thrive contractors – GIVE Support, and GIVE A Voice which enables customers to help decide Thrive’s ‘GIVE’ priorities.

To apply or find out more about Thrive’s community grants, call 0800 917 6077 or visit www.thrivehomes.org.uk