Water company invites requests for grants to help groups with money projects

November 29 2015

COMMUNITY organisations in South Gloucestershire have been invited to apply for a grant from Wessex Water to help with finance-related schemes.

COMMUNITY organisations in South Gloucestershire have been invited to apply for a grant from Wessex Water to help with finance-related schemes.

Applicants such as debt advice agencies, social enterprises, schools, youth clubs and parish councils have until December 31 to submit requests for a Money Matters grant.

Under the scheme, a panel of experts will consider new or existing projects, which could get up to £10,000.

The grants will be given out in January and Wessex Water will also allow up to 25 per cent of extra funding to help the beneficiaries evaluate the project once it is finished.

Recent recipients of awards include the Yate-based South Gloucestershire Citizens Advice Bureau, which will use the grant for projects aimed at helping people better manage their money.

It will work with the local branch of Age UK to give advice to older residents who may struggle with their bills.

Bureau debt advice expert Yvonne Parks said: “There are many isolated elderly people in our area who do not have access to our offices and this funding will enable us to reach them through home visits, outreach sessions and publicity.”

Details of the grants are available on the Wessex Water website.