Cash boost for community projects

10 Apr 17

Community-led projects can look forward to a cash boost to help them deliver a range of additional services, it has been announced.

Last week, communities minister Andrew Percy said more than 54 projects were now in line to receive a share of over £3m of communities funding.

These schemes cover a range of issues such as improving health and wellbeing, tackling social isolation, unemployment and homelessness.

Percy said: “Making a real difference to people’s lives doesn’t always happen by Whitehall diktat.

“It also comes from the dedication and inventiveness of local people who know their area best and the issues most important to them.

“That’s why we’re supporting these innovative projects which provide tailored services that make a real difference to people’s lives.”

The cash will come from the government’s Communities Fund, which it launched in December last year. The fund had an initial budget of £2.5m, which has now risen to £3.25m.

Local authorities and community organisations were invited to bid for funds, which are to be distributed up to 2018.

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