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[15 FEB 99] STRATFORD ON AVON DISTRICT COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
Time Is Running Out For Grants

Over 3,000 towards a handbell ringing course; almost 6,000 to train older people how to use the Internet; and 1,400 to set up a lunch and social club. These are just some of the projects that older people and their communities have been successful in getting millennium awards for.

Now older people in south Warwickshire are being encouraged by Stratford District Council to find out more about applying for millennium awards run by Help the Aged, specifically aimed at communities in rural areas. But applicants will need to be quick, as the closing date is the end of March.

The Help the Aged millennium awards are grants for older people in rural areas to set up local projects which enable them to share their skills and talents, for the benefit of their communities. Awards range from a minimum of 1,000 up to 10,000.

Awards are granted to individuals or groups of up to five people, as long as the majority of the group is aged 60 or over. Conditions are that projects must be a new idea or venture, would benefit the community and must be in a rural area.

Other ideas that have been successful around the country include a rural magazine, crafts and support group, leisure club, and sculpture classes.

Anyone wishing to apply for an award should either contact David Wright for initial advice or direct to Help the Aged Millennium Awards, St James's walk, Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0BE.

MORE INFORMATION:
Mark Lepkowski, press officer on 01789 260104 or
David Wright, principal strategic development officer on 01789 260614
e-mail: david.wright@stratford-dc.gov.uk
   

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