Sedgefield benefits from an extremely proactive and invaluable community and voluntary sector, who are mainly reliant on grants and fundraising opportunities to function. With this in mind the Council introduced the Community Chest , supported by a ring fenced amount of money each financial year, which allows local groups and organisations to access small donations.
The remit of this Committee is to award grants to good causes, local groups and organisations as follows:
- Organisations and individuals e.g. who bring some kind of benefit to Sedgefield and its community by running events;
- Organisations or individuals who by their actions bring a benefit to the community in some way either directly or indirectly.
In 2016/2017 a total of £255 was given from the Community Chest for One Step Forward, the Great North Air Ambulance and Sedgefield Cricket Club.
In 2015/16 the Chest has awarded over £450 in grants to an array of organisations (Sedgefield Bereavement Group, Sedgefield In Bloom, Sedgefield Sowers and Growers, Taste and See Group, Friends of St Edmund’s, Sedgefield Village Games, Sedgefield WI and Great North Air Ambulance) and individuals who have participated in educational trips and then shared their experiences/learning with others upon their return to the Town.
If you feel your group or organisation would benefit from a small donation please submit your written request to the Town Clerk including details of what you are doing, why you are seeking financial assistance and how this is going to benefit Sedgefield and its community.