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26 March 2004

Cannock charities windfall

Three charities serving communities in Cannock Chase received a massive boost with the news that the Community Fund has awarded them lottery grants totaling nearly 300,000.

The largest grant goes to Norton Canes Community partnership, who received 137,735. Moorhill Pre-school also received a boost of 99,823 as well as Age Concern South Staffordshire, awarded 57,025 in the latest round of Community Fund grants.

These projects will increase both community involvement and training opportunities within the Cannock area. Norton Canes Community Partnership will provide training opportunities to the local community to improve employment and further education opportunities, advice and information about funding and community training.

"This grant will help us to continue the work that begun three years ago." said Mrs Jean Dyde, Secretary of Norton Canes Community Partnership. "Not only the present projects but all new projects in the pipeline will be able to move forward safely. We wish to thank the Community Fund for their help and support".

Age Concern South Staffordshire will provide a centre for excellence for all matters relating to the recruitment, management and development of volunteering and to ensure that the training needs of staff and volunteers are met.

Moorhill Pre-school will provide a permanent building to increase the group's service provision by offering a pre-school, parent/toddler and out of school provision.

The West Midlands office of the Community Fund is based in Birmingham and gives lottery grants to community groups to help tackle disadvantage and improve quality of life. Regional Committee Chair, Nuala O'Kane said "Cannock is one of our regional priority areas, and we are pleased to be able to support these groups to help the community".

For further information on how to apply for a grant please call our West Midlands Community Fund office on 0121 200 3500.