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The Wight AID Foundation has granted £21,000 to local charities in their second round of grant applications.

Wight AID, which launched in September last year, has now granted a total of £74,000 to local causes and plans to do another 9 grant rounds this year. The Foundation raises funds from businesses operating on the Island and distributes it to a range of charities and good causes on the Isle of Wight.

Aspire Ryde and The Bus Shelter have been granted £10,000 to purchase a minibus. The vehicle will be used to transport people in need of accommodation to the accommodation centre in Carisbrooke. It will also assist in alleviating isolation of older people who cannot access services due to parking or transportation.

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Meanwhile the Isle of Wight Youth Trust have been granted £3,300 to purchase 6 Hybrid Laptops. The laptops will assist the Counsellors to capture more data and reduce the amount of paper documentation. The laptops will also enable the Counsellors to have remote access so they will be able use them to visit clients in their own homes.

UKSA have been granted £7,752 towards their ‘Test the Water’ programme. This will enable all IOW Year 6 students to participate in a half day watersports session which helps develop confidence and self-belief. Activities will include Sailing rafts, learning how to build a boat and sailing around obstacles.

The trustees expect to make the next distribution of funds in February 2017, with a deadline for applications by the 31st January 2017. More information about how to support Wight AID, and how to apply for a grant can be found on their website

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