Uttlesford community project grant scheme opens

Uttlesford District Council's offices

Uttlesford District Council's offices

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Community and voluntary organisations in Uttlesford are invited to apply for funding of up to £3,500 to assist with community-based projects.

Uttlesford District Council’s Community Project Grant scheme for 2017/18 is now open for applications – with grants from a minimum of £100 up to a maximum of £3,500 available.

Grant awards can be made to properly-constituted voluntary organisations or similar bodies in the Uttlesford district, such as village hall committees, community shops, town and parish councils, community associations, play and recreation clubs and groups.

Grants will be considered for expenditure incurred in the provision of any of the following:

• Development of land for recreational purposes, including environmental improvements

• Buildings or facilities that are available for community use such as village halls, community centres or public conveniences

• Car parks and access roads to car parks directly associated with a community use building

• Children’s play areas, including equipment and safety surfacing

• Improvement, refurbishment or extension to any of the facilities outlined above

• Essential equipment that contributes significantly to the aims and objectives of the project

• Training or a one-off staffing cost that contributes significantly to the development of the project or increases benefit to the community (wages and salaries cannot be paid).

Eligible projects must be completed between April 1 this year and March 20, 2018.

If the application is for more than £1,000 the amount raised by the applicant must represent at least 50% of the total project cost.

In the case of an application for less than £999 the applicant must have raised 25%.

The closing date for applications is midday on June 15. Applications from sports and cultural groups are not eligible.

If the scheme is oversubscribed, applications from organisations in receipt of this grant in the last two years will be given a lower priority than applications from organisations not having benefited during the last two years.

To request an application form, or more information, contact Sue Hayden, community development officer, on 01799 510563 or shayden@uttlesford.gov.uk.

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