Grant Boost For Needy Merton Groups

Funding to tackle gap between rich and poor

A new grants programme to support some of the most deprived areas in Merton was launched this week following a Government cash injection of more than £300,000.

The money, handed to the Merton Partnership, will be distributed to worthy causes by Merton Voluntary Service Council (MVSC) and the award-winning Merton Compact.

Cllr David Simpson, Conservative spokesman for Community Engagement and Safety said: "I'm delighted the Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd MP is backing the Conservatives' long-term policy of tackling the gap between rich and poor in the East and West of our Borough.

"It means voluntary and community groups can apply for grants of up to £10,000 for their work in Abbey, Colliers Wood, Ravensbury, Lavender Fields, Longthornton, Pollards Hill, St Helier, Graveney, Figges Marsh and Cricket Green wards. It's well recognised that life expectancy is lower in these parts of the borough, and developing better education on healthy living will be a key part of this investment."

May 18, 2012