A WINDFALL for Rugby’s voluntary and community sector has been approved by Rugby Borough Council (RBC).
Grants totalling £180,600 have been awarded to organisations that support Rugby’s vulnerable communities.
Recipients include Bedworth, Rugby and Nuneaton Citizens Advice (Brancab), which will receive up to £73,000 to fund its work supporting thousands of residents each year in tackling debt, maximising income, accessing housing and many other challenges. In 2022, Brancab worked with Rugby residents to gain over £1million, mostly by reducing debt and accessing welfare benefits.
Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA) will get £39,600 in 2023-24 to help it support community and voluntary organisations in Rugby borough by ensuring they have good governance and can access grants. In 2021-22, WCAVA helped 93 groups to access £160,000 in small grant funding.
Rugby Foodbank will get £8,000 in 2023-24 – quadruple the amount it received the previous year. In 2021-22, the Foodbank distributed 3,400 emergency food parcels for adults and 2,100 for children.
Community Associations in New Bilton, Benn, Overslade, Long Lawford, Brownsover and Newbold will share funding of £45,000 to help them provide services for their communities.
RBC’s communities and homes spokeswoman Coun Emma Crane said: “Rugby’s community organisations provide a valued service to residents, and they are often best placed to provide specialist support.
“There are many grant schemes available to community organisations, but most do not fund day-to-day running costs. We are pleased to be able to provide that assistance, which in turn will unlock further funding.
“We are proud of our community sector and thank all of the volunteers and organisations for their service.”