GOOD causes in and around Cirencester are being encouraged to apply for a share of a £2,500 lump sum set aside by the town council.

The four-figure grant is being made available by Cirencester Town Council to help give a boost to individuals and local organisations during challenging economic times.

Cllr Shirley Alexander, lead member for community services, said that the council was “delighted” to be able to supply the money and that it “looks forward to assisting the local community” this financial year.

The town council has also announced that it will support Cirencester’s voluntary sector by sharing a £12,000 grant between Cotswold Counselling, Citizens Advice and Cotswold Volunteers.

Cirencester’s Open Air Swimming Pool will also benefit from a £2,500 donation while £3,500 has been earmarked for ward-based community projects and events.

Applications for a cut of the £2,500 grant aid will be considered if the individual or organisation has an economic, social or environmental benefit to the town.

More information on the project and how to apply can be found by visiting the town council offices in Dyer Street or logging on to

The closing date for applications is 12 pm on Friday, April 4.