Council encourages community groups to apply for funding

Published on 7th August 2013

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Cheltenham Borough Council is inviting applications for a pot of funding worth £54,000 that is ready to be allocated to support Community Pride projects across Cheltenham.

The funding will be made available to support projects that will build up community pride and enable local groups to be more influential in supporting their communities and improving their neighbourhoods.

This year we have two pots of funding:

Up to £50,000 will be made available through Community Pride grants to match-fund community-led projects, up to the value of £5,000. We are particularly interested in projects that will:

•    improve the physical environment of the neighbourhood
•    bring communities together through cultural activities and celebrations
•    increase the recognition, economic viability and sustainability of local commercial areas.

Up to £4,000 will also be made available though community building grants. This could help community and voluntary sector groups to run small-scale projects, events and activities to support the well-being of their neighbourhood, up to the value of £300.

Cllr. Steve Jordan, leader of the council, said: “I am pleased that the council, once again, is able to set up and run the Community Pride fund. 2013 will be the seventh year of the council’s Community Pride scheme which has allocated just over £270,000 to match-fund around 120 community-based projects that have improved and enhanced the public realm.

“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.”

Cllr. Peter Jeffries, cabinet member for housing, safety and communities, said: “Although the focus of Community Pride has always been on the environment, I am pleased that this year we have introduced community building grants that will help grass-roots community organisations do more in their community. So whether groups want to buy a piece of equipment, train some volunteers, or even set up their own website we’d be delighted to hear from them.”

The closing date for applications to the community pride grant fund is 5pm Friday 20 September.

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