THE WightAID foundation has come up with an easier way for charities and community groups to apply for grants of up to £500.

The 'Five Steps to £500' scheme aims to make it as easy and simple as possible for smaller causes to access WightAID money.

Twenty-three community groups have already benefited from the smaller grants, totalling more than £11,500.

WightAID chair Geoff Underwood said: “WightAID exists to offer support to deserving Island charities and community groups and we are keen to make applying for assistance as easy as possible.

“We certainly don’t want deserving good causes to be daunted by a long-winded application.”

‘Five for £500’ applications can be submitted by email or letter and only require five pieces of information — the name of the organisation, the amount of money required, what the money will go towards, how the community or members will benefit from the grant and a website or charity number.

A WightAID member of staff will also be contactable to explain more about the process and answer any questions.

Geoff said: “£500 is at the lower end of the grants available through WightAID, but an award of this size could be just what you need to kick-start your project.

“But, however you want to use a grant, the first step is to apply — and now it really could not be easier to get in touch with us.”