Published on 16th November 2012

Children playing ball in front of the bandstand at Midsummer in Montpellier

Closing date for applications: 11 January 2013.

Local groups in Cheltenham are being invited to bid for a share of £42,500. The pot of money is available through Cheltenham Borough Council’s Community Pride scheme, which is now in its sixth year and has so far benefited more than 100 initiatives.

The council is looking to support neighbourhood-based improvement projects which might benefit, for example: allotments; play areas; signage; litter and recycling issues; floral displays; and local facilities such as youth shelters. The majority of the fund will go towards these types of schemes, up to the value of £5,000 per project.

The rest of the fund will offer smaller grants up to £250, going towards neighbourhood events and activities.

Councillor Steve Jordan, leader of the council said: “I am pleased we are once again able to set up and run the Community Pride Fund. The success of community pride is down to the fantastic range of voluntary and community groups that we have in Cheltenham, who are willing to go that bit further to improve their neighbourhood.”

Councillor Peter Jeffries, cabinet member for housing and safety, added: “Although the focus of community pride has always been about the environment, I am pleased that this year we have introduced a new element, designed to help grass-roots community organisations do more in their own areas. I look forward to seeing the applications.”

The application guidelines and application form are now available on our website.

Closing date for applications is 11 January 2013.

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