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Council shares £100k across Cheltenham organisations

Cheltenham Borough Council has allocated all of its available £100,000 of community resilience grants to 51 local groups and voluntary sector agencies.

The funding, brought together during the coronavirus pandemic, is made up of the council's annual community pride fund and £50,000 from Gloucestershire County Council.

Among the grants were more than £1,300 to the Gloucestershire Deaf Association, £1,700 for Cheltenham Autism Support and £4,951 to Caring for Communities and People (CCP) to help a food bank meet unprecedented demand

Council leader Councillor Steve Jordan said: "The community resilience grant fund has helped so many organisations adapt so they can continue to provide essential support and help to get our local communities back on their feet.

''I am pleased that the funding will help such a wide range of people including those who have been vulnerable and shielding."

As well as supporting communities, the funding has supported those who have been vulnerable through shielding and needed help with recovery efforts.

Councillor Flo Clucas, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles, said: "Our communities and people are at the heart of Cheltenham. They are central to the health and wellbeing of our town.

"I am so proud of their commitment and determination to keep going and am very pleased that we have been able to help our local charities and organisations who have worked so hard to re-open and welcome back visitors."

Other grants included The Long Table Feeding the 5,000 project (£2,000), Youth for Christ Gloucestershire (£770), Chinese Children and Parents' Association (£2,890), The Indian Association (£500) and Cheltenham Housing Aid (£2,000).

Gloucestershire County Council leader Councillor Mark Hawthorne said: "The coronavirus pandemic has presented huge challenges and I'm pleased our £50k funding has provided local community groups and charities with much-needed support during this time, allowing them to help those who need it.

"It's clear from the positive feedback we have received the community resilience fund has made a huge difference to the lives of many people, which is really great."

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