One week left to claim thousands of pounds

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VOLUNTARY and community groups have one week left to claim grants of up to £20,000.

Portsmouth City Council has set up a ‘transition fund’, which the groups can use to continue operations while they make changes forced by government cuts.

The council is cutting over £500,000 from its £5m annual payments to voluntary groups.

It set up the fund to help them prepare for reduced funding.

All charitable associations, registered charities, companies limited by guarantee and social enterprises qualify for a grant if their funding is expected to be cut by 15 per cent or more between now and March next year.

The closing date is April 14.

The fund could pay for activities such as developing new partnerships, alliances, mergers or shared services, staff training to deliver a new service, or expert advice and support.

They can also be considered for one-off items that would allow the organisation to operate without continued funding.

Payments will be available from April 30.

Contact the council on (023) 9284 1421 or e-mail voluntary.sector@portsmouth cc.gov.uk, for an application pack.