Grants will help volunteer groups

Blackpool District Scout Group in London.

Blackpool District Scout Group in London.

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Voluntary groups ranging from Scouts to senior citizens are to benefit from thousands of pounds in council grants.

Blackpool Council has set aside £29,611 in total to distribute to community organisations.

Following the allocation of £9,659 in the first round of handouts, £19,952 remains in the pot.

Councillors will meet again in autumn to consider the second round of applications for funding.

The organisations set to share from the initial grants are Aunty Social Community Interest Company which is to receive £1,295, Blackpool Boys and Girls Club (£3,434), Blackpool District Scout Council (£1,000), Blackpool Old People’s Welfare Committee (£520), Blackpool Wyre and Fylde branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (£600) and Girl Guiding Lancashire West (£2,810).

Coun Tony Lee, who was part of the panel which approved the applications, said: “These are very difficult times money-wise and it is very difficult to decide between all the applications coming to us.

“But we have got a good system.

“We have cut down on the amount we are giving each group to try and make the funding that is available go a little further.

“So even if they only get half they have asked for, that’s better than nothing these days. We are doing our best to help people because we know these groups do a great job in the community.”

Because some applications for funding were late or incomplete, the panel also hopes to help groups improve their bids in future.

It is proposed to hold an open day on a date yet to be decided.

Among the groups which missed out on this round of funding were Blackpool Advocacy, Busy Bees children’s group and the Claremont First Step Community Centre.

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