STRUGGLING local community groups could be in for a surprise boost after the government injected a £250,000 cash award to Solihull Community Foundation.
The award comes as part of the huge £130million nationwide drive by the government to improve grass-roots initiatives in local communities.
Over a three-year period the foundation will identify the small charitable organisations that they feel will benefit the most from the grants.
Local community organisations could also stand to benefit from a further £400,000 if businesses and local residents come forward to put up cash to match some of the government's funds.
Eric Baptiste, Director of Solihull Community Foundation said that it is great news for Solihull, and in particular local groups who have had no previous support.
"I urge individuals and businesses who want to put something back in the local community to consider using the Solihull Grassroots Grants Scheme."
The foundation says that small community groups can apply for the initial round of grants which can reach a maximum of £5,000 over three years.
However, they must be volunteer led, non-profit making and have an annual turnover of less than £20,000.
Volunteers are needed to help administer the scheme and offer valuable assistance to applying community groups.
Application forms will be available from the 1st September with the first grants from the Grassroots Grants Scheme made in early October.
Anyone interested in applying or becoming a volunteer should contact Sharon Pinnock on 0121 700 3934.