Watford organisations awarded £1.1million funding boost from council
A number of Watford organisations have received a huge financial boost from Watford Borough Council, after they were collectively awarded over £1.1million to assist in the delivery of their services.
They include voluntary and community organisations such as Watford CAB (Citizens Advice Bureau), Watford CVS (the umbrella organisation in Watford for the voluntary sector) and Watford Palace Theatre.
Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill said: “The council is generous to the voluntary and community sector because we know that the services they provide are so important to local people. Watford has a long history of supporting these sorts of organisations, as they make a real difference to the quality of life of so many residents. I’m delighted that we have been able to once again be generous in our funding, while at the same time reducing our share of council tax for residents.”
The Voluntary Sector Funding Programme for 2010-2013 recognised that some ‘third sector’ organisations were better placed than the council to deliver the three priority areas of the Sustainable Community Strategy, which are:
§ a prosperous and educated town
§ a town where everyone can contribute
§ a town that protects its environment and heritage.
Based on this criteria, Cabinet had previously agreed three service areas as ‘foundation’ or ‘core’ services for the town. These were: Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB); Watford Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) and Watford Palace Theatre. The preferred recipients are to be funded on a three year funding cycle.
Amongst the other organisations funded are: Shopmobility, Homestart and Watford New Hope Trust.
For more information on Watford Borough Council’s funding programme to the voluntary and community sector, please visit www.watford.gov.uk and select ‘Grants’ from the homepage.