Groups and organisations invited to bid from ‘Improving Finances, Improving Lives’ fund

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Groups and organisations invited to bid from ‘Improving Finances, Improving Lives’ fund

City of York Council are inviting applications from a range of organisations and community groups for grants from their‘Improving Finances, Improving Lives’ fund for 2018/19.

We have set aside up to £170,000 as part of our financial inclusion work for this year. We are working alongside Citizen’s Advice York, Advice York and South Yorkshire Credit Union to help ensure residents have the knowledge to manage their finances effectively.

All four organisations are also committed to better coordination of advice services across the city. They plan to ensure that advice-givers and those offering help better understand the welfare benefits system and opportunities are explored to reduce general living expenses.

Last year, we awarded grants of over £180,000 to nine projects that help improve financial inclusion for residents in the city. These were for a range of schemes including the provision of specialist debt advice, improving the employability of people aged over 50,  work at GP surgeries to offer welfare advice support to patients (freeing up doctors to focus on clinical issues), providing advice in community based locations to support residents’ financial capability and providing support on Universal Credit.

Councillor Carol Runciman,  executive member for Adult Social Care and Health, who has responsibility for financial inclusion, said:

“Our commitment to supporting vulnerable residents and promoting financial inclusion reflects one of the council’s key priorities to ensure we have a prosperous city for all.

“Past grants to support projects has helped to make a positive difference to the lives of many people across the city.

I am very happy that we have been able to continue to invest money in this important area of work and I hope that we get the same level of interest that we had last year”

Organisations who need further information about applying should contact the council by email at financial.inclusion@york.gov.uk. The closing date for applications is 4 May.

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