Fingers crossed as Surbiton charity eyes funding boost of up to £10,000

A Surbiton organisation has its eyes on the prize after reaching the final of the Aviva Community Fund Competition with up to £10,000 of funding up for grabs.

Express CIC, which aims to raise awareness of autism and create a social environment for young people on the autism spectrum and their families, reached the finals of the ‘health, disability and wellbeing’ category after receiving of 5,151 public votes.

Tracey Gaggiotti, director and co-founder of Express CIC, said: “It’s lovely, we’re so pleased with the support we received from the community anyway, but to actually get through is even better.

With between £5,000 and £10,000 available, Gaggiotti said any winnings would help the organisation continue the work it is doing.

“It will be used to provide groups of young people with autism and groups of parents with support, and to continue to raise awareness of autism.”

The Aviva Community Fund gives local community projects the chance to win funding, with finalists selected by the public before winners are chosen by a panel of judges.

There are six categories which projects can choose to enter: health, disability & wellbeing, supporting the younger generation, supporting the older generation, sport in the community, environment, and community support.

Entrants then choose how much funding they wish to compete for, ranging from up to £1,000 to up to £25,000.

Results of the competition will be announced on January 10th when the winners will be decided by a panel of judges.

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