Stafford – Stafford Borough Community Fund
The Stafford Borough Community Fund is for the benefit of the whole of the borough of Stafford, extending to Barlaston and Tittensor in the north. Located in the west of the county, it is the borough that contains the county town. Bordering Newcastle under Lyme to the north west, Stoke on Trent to the north east, East Staffordshire to the east, Cannock Chase to the south east, South Staffordshire to the south and Shropshire to the west, the borough has its main population centre in Stafford, with smaller towns throughout the borough, including Stone and Eccleshall.
The fund already has some significant and high profile backers, including Stafford Borough Council and Support Staffordshire for the Stafford district. Representatives from each organisation make up the board of ‘Donor Advisors’ who will help to steer the fund through its early years. Although the fund is yet to receive its official launch, it has already received financial support from many of the town’s mayors, who see it as an effective way to support many of the borough’s smaller community groups.
The Stafford Borough Community Fund was officially launched on the afternoon of Tuesday 30th September in the Craddock and Walton Rooms at Stafford Borough Council.
This fund, like other community funds is designed to help small community and voluntary groups across the borough, to ensure they can get the help and financial support that they need. Often unable to compete with large regional or national charities, it is vitally important that we continue to support these organisations, to ensure that Stafford has a network of organisations who can provide the locally led and delivered support that is so vital to so many across the area.
The fund is set up so that it will exist forever, growing each year, whilst also awarding more in each subsequent year than the previous one. It will contain contributions from the Staffordshire Community Foundation, local donors and local business, who care so much about the district and its people that they want to give something back in a simple, cost effective, but high impact way.
If you would like more information about the fund, or if you’d like to get involved with helping to support the fund or the area, please give us a call or send us an e-mail, or search for #StaffordBoroughCommunityFund on Twitter.