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Community projects to receive funding

21 March 2018

Twenty local projects are to share £239,000 in the latest round of our community funding.

Our Locally Import Projects (LIPs) fund allows local groups, clubs and organisations to invest in a wide range of initiatives.

This year’s awards range from £1,000 for a community environment action plan up to £35,000 towards the refurbishment of a community centre.

Approval of the latest applications means we have awarded almost £1.25million in LIPs grant funding since 2013.

Our Leader, Councillor Giles Archibald, said: “I am delighted that a further 20 excellent projects are to receive LIPs funding, enabling groups and organisations to achieve real results in their neighbourhoods.

“We place great emphasis on localism and partnership working, empowering local people to improve their own communities.

“This year we were particularly keen to receive applications from more deprived areas of the district and also projects which could help to alleviate social isolation.”

Local town and parish councils are among the groups eligible to bid for the funding which is linked to our Council Plan priorities for housing, the economy, the environment and promoting health and wellbeing.

“Some of this year’s LIPs funding will be spent on improving playgrounds, exercise areas and green spaces. It will also support important renovation and conservation projects, help to fund a much needed indoor play area, make cycling more accessible, improve community spaces in rural areas and much more. 

“All of these projects will deliver a wide range of improvements which help to enhance the quality of life in communities right across the district,” added Cllr Archibald.

LIPs money is allocated through the New Homes Bonus, where government matches the Council Tax raised on new homes and properties brought back into use.

We decided to use the New Homes Bonus funds to address the needs of local communities.