COMMUNITY groups in Worcestershire can benefit from up to £1,000 of funding for projects to help people and the communities where they live.

Sanctuary Housing’s Grand Ideas Fund is now open for applications from charities and community groups in Worcestershire, who would benefit from financial support to deliver activities and projects.

Projects must reach Sanctuary residents and successful applications will be for initiatives that fit one or more of Sanctuary’s priorities for the fund.

The priorities include increasing skills and employability, building connections and reducing isolation, growing neighbourhood pride and community safety, sustainable lifestyles and greener living as well as helping residents better manage their money.

Sanctuary is looking for applications of up to £1,000 from community and residents groups, registered charities, parish/town councils, schools or social enterprises.

The Grand Ideas Fund has previously supported Oasis Academy Warndon, in Worcester, to launch a community farm where pupils and local families develop new skills by looking after its three resident alpacas.

Michael Darby, Sanctuary’s area manager, said: “Sanctuary operates at the heart of local communities and we are committed to investing in projects that will make a difference to our neighbourhoods and help our residents live happy and fulfilled lives.

“We look forward to hearing from groups in Worcestershire who can help us to make a real difference.”

To find out more about the fund, call 01905 335411, email or visit