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Community groups in South Ribble urged to apply for £100,000 fund

Posted on - 6th February, 2024 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge, Business, Charities, Leyland, Longton & New Longton, Lostock Hall, Penwortham, Politics, South Ribble News, Walton-le-Dale
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The Base II community hub in Leyland, South Ribble. Pic: Progress Housing Group

South Ribble’s voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sectors can receive up to £20,000 in funding.

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With £100,000 available in total, those eligible can apply until 23 February. 

The scheme aims to improve buildings and increase capacity to help create a more vibrant, engaged and resilient community.

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The funding is part of the Community Capacity Building and Infrastructure Support Fund, which the council is managing on behalf of the Government as part of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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Councillor Clare Hunter, Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure, and Well-being said: “The projects and initiatives which take place across our borough by our community, faith, volunteer, and social enterprise sector are vitally important in allowing our communities to thrive, and I am so pleased that we can support in this programme to distribute this funding.

“Eligible projects should demonstrate that they are innovative and creative which address local needs and should clearly demonstrate the difference the project will make to local people and communities.”

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Applicants must be able to demonstrate how their application meets the three priorities to improve community infrastructure, enable people to get to spaces through sustainable or affordable transport and it will enhance existing services to enable people to better access.

Value for money will also key factor, with the scheme also being about helping organisations grow, deliver more and expand reach into different areas of the borough. 

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Councillor Hunter added: “If you are doing great things in the community and need additional support to achieve even more wonderful things for the benefit of our community, I encourage you to view the website and apply for funding.

“It’s our aim as a council to ensure that we can support our local communities to thrive and by supporting community projects and initiatives in this way, we are able to progress and develop together.”

More information can be found on the South Ribble Borough Council’s website.

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