The council set up the fund last year to provide help to groups and organisations that work to strengthen the town’s community.
Groups can apply for grants of between £500 and £3,000. The project must primarily benefit residents of Stroud parish.
Grants are awarded three times a year with the first deadline being 18th June 2012.
“The town council established the Community Fund to support key services that were being hit by cuts from other funding authorities,” said Amanda Moriarty, deputy mayor.
“We recognise the vital services they provide and decided, as a council, that we should support them. They enhance all of our lives and give the parish a true sense of community.”
For the first time, the council is working with Gloucestershire Association for Voluntary & Community Action (GAVCA).
The GAVCA team is holding a series of information sessions to help groups who would like to apply for a Community Support Grant.
The town council decided to work with GAVCA to ensure the Community Fund is promoted to all eligible groups and organisations.
“GAVCA are specialists working with the voluntary and community sector. They understand the groups out there, provide training and information, and help them find resources” said Councillor Rob Green.
“It makes sense for the town council to work with them and they, in turn, work directly with the organisations to help them develop.”
Free information sessions about the Community Support Fund will be held on May 2 and May 8.
For more information about the GAVCA sessions or for any other help in applying for a grant from the fund, contact Mary Boucher on [email protected] or phone 01242 227737.
Applications forms for the Community Fund are available here or from the town council offices.
For more information regarding grants from the Town Council click here.