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LARGER GRANTS AVAILABLE THROUGH ACE FUND

Community groups in south Sefton will now be able to apply for larger grants from a local environmental fund thanks to the support of four Merseyside small businesses.

Over the past year the Ace Fund – run by Bootle-based business and community support organisation Regenerus – has been providing a grant of £500 each month to a project that helps to improve life in its core operating area in the south of the borough.

Now that figure will rise to £700 a month after four organisations with links to Regenerus each pledged £600 a year to the fund.

They are digital programming agency Studio Mashbo, mobile app designer Citrus Suite, communications consultancy Bread Media and card payment company Paybrid Merchant Services.

Representatives of all four organisations recently visited Regenerus’s HQ at the Investment Centre on Stanley Road to learn more about the scheme from Ace Fund

Co-ordinator, Eve Money.

Mrs Money commented: “In its first year the Ace Fund has supported a wide variety of worthwhile projects, from a new school garden and a community choir to an outdoor learning project and the makeover of a community hall.

“Now we’re delighted to be able to expand the scope of the scheme and offer larger

monthly grants thanks to the generous support of these four businesses.

“We’re really grateful to them for investing their faith and their money in south Sefton community groups who are helping to improve the quality of life in our area.”

Mrs Money added that from the outset Regenerus made the Ace Fund guidelines

deliberately broad to encourage interest from as many different groups and projects

as possible.

Applications from established community and voluntary organisations are welcome,

but the Ace Fund is also open to informal groups of local residents joining forces to work on a one-off project.

“  For more information about Ace Fund grants and to apply via a simple online form visit www.regenerus.org.uk or alternatively ring Regenerus on 0151-934 2637 for more details.