The Tandridge Together Community Fund has awarded over £30,000 in grants of up to £2,000 to local organisations to help fund initiatives which will directly benefit residents.

The fund invited local organisations, which operate in the Tandridge district, to apply for small grants at the end of last year. More than 60 local organisations applied.

The Tandridge Health and Wellbeing Board met in January to award the grants to initiatives which directly benefit Tandridge district residents. The grants will help a wide range of projects from collecting and distributing donations for babies and children, befriending services for the elderly, support for vulnerable residents and carers, as well as delivering mental health workshops in schools and supporting a variety of clubs, activities, outdoor gyms and play areas.

The fund has been made up of £16,500 raised by the Tandridge Together Lottery and £17,000 from the Council’s Small Grants Fund. Thanks to the success of the Tandridge Together Lottery, which launched in March 2018, the fund available to local organisations increased this year. 10p from every ticket sold goes directly into the Tandridge Together Community Fund for the Council to distribute in small grants.

Councillor Martin Fisher, Chair of the Tandridge Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “We are absolutely delighted to support the amazing work carried out by our local voluntary and community organisations. The hard part for the Board was selecting which good causes would be successful, as we were amazed with the number of applications submitted and the excellent initiatives being proposed.

It is wonderful the grants allocated have been bolstered by the success of our Tandridge Together Lottery, which is played weekly by many residents. This is a positive way to help local good causes raise funds which help improve the health and wellbeing of our residents.”

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