£500k windfall for community groups in town

A NUMBER of charities at risk of having their funding slashed because of public spending cuts have received a cash boost.

The Government has announced that it will hand over nearly £500,000 to five community groups in the borough.

The money comes from the Transition Fund, which aims to help charities which are the most vulnerable to cash cuts prepare for the Government’s Big Society. #

Prime Minister David Cameron wants communities to have more control over issues like housing, planning and schools. He also wants voluntary and not for profits groups to take over the running of some public services.

The big winner in the funding announcement was North Doncaster Development Trust (NNDT) based in High Street, Bentley. The charity set up to promote the regeneration of north Doncaster and create jobs has been given £223,774.

Conisbrough-based Doncaster West Development Trust, a similar organisation to NDDT has received £114,439.

Marisa Graziano, chief executive of the Castle Avenue trust, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to receive this funding which will help us to continue delivering much-needed services to local people.

“It will also enable us to develop new projects in areas such as training and education. It’s good news for us and good news for Doncaster.”

Other groups to benefit are Hyde Park Partnership, Doncaster Ethinc Minority Regeneration based in Carr House Road and Wheatley-based Nether Hall Area Community Company. They received just over £88,000, nearly £52,000 and £20,800 respectively.

The five are among 94 charities in Yorkshire and the Humber to receive a slice of £9.5 million.

Micj Hurd, minister fior Civil Society, said: “The scale of the economic challenges we face means charities are facing tough times.”