Stone Radio has been awarded a grant of £220 from Stone Town Council to support a gap in finances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Twice a year, Stone Town Council provides grants of up to £500 to charities and organisations following an application process.
Stone Radio’s Co-Director Cliff Goodwin said: “We’re thrilled and extremely grateful to receive this grant.
“The impact of Covid-19 restrictions has meant we haven’t been able to fund the station through our usual means of sponsorship from local businesses. In addition, the usual community events we support, which help with our fundraising, have had to be cancelled.
“This grant from the council will help part fund our licence costs and enable us to stay on air for the next year.”
Co-director Paul Dean added: “More people than ever have been listening to Stone Radio over the last three months,showing just how much the people of Stone and beyond have benefited from our programming.”
Alongside Stone Radio’s grant, Stone Lions Club, Kibblestone District Scout Council and 2352 (Stone) Squadron Air Training Corps will each receive funding.
Stafford Samaritans will receive £200 towards covering the costs of recruiting, training and retaining new volunteers.
The 2352 (Stone) Squadron Air Training Corps will put its £500 towards buying air rifles for cadet weapon training and Kibblestone District Scout Council’s grant will be used to fund the costs of maintaining and running KibblestoneInternational Scout Camp.
Stone Lions Club’s funding is for prostate screening. Theirannual screening event was due to be held at the StoneHouse Hotel on September 29, but due to the coronavirus pandemic home testing kits were bought instead and made available at a subsidised rate to men over 40 who applied for them.
Councillor Rob Kenney said: “It is an absolutely essential annual thing that many men throughout Stone have attended.”
The town council still has more than £6,000 available for charities and organisations to bid for in the next round of funding in February 2021.
The deadline for completed applications is January 15. For more information visit www.stonetowncouncil.gov.uk/grants
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