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Community groups invited to apply for funding from Craven District Council

Craven District Council is inviting community groups to apply for funding from the Craven Community Grants scheme.

This is a final round of funding in addition to the Ward Member Grants which have just been introduced in the district.

Projects applying for cash should address one or more of the council's priorities: Enterprising Craven, Resilient Communities and Financial Resilience.

They should also demonstrate a local need for the project and show how the proposals would benefit the community.

Councillor Linda Brockbank, lead member for Working With Communities, said: "I'd like to encourage any groups who think they could benefit from funding to consider applying for these grants.

"We have funded a huge range of community projects through these grants over the last few years, including village hall refurbishments, support groups for older people, arts and heritage projects, activities for young people, energy efficiency projects sports groups and facilities, community festivals and events, playgrounds, community run libraries and environmental improvements.

"I look forward to seeing more groups realise their ambitions through this scheme."

Full details of the criteria and how to apply can be found at http://www.cravendc.gov.uk/communitygrants

Completed funding applications must be received by the council by midnight on Sunday September 4, 2016.

The final panel will meet in late September 2016 to consider the applications, and projects benefiting from the funding must be completed by the end of March 2017.

Craven District Council has recently launched a new grants scheme, the Ward Member Grant scheme, which allows community groups to apply to their local councillors for cash to provide community run events, services and facilities.

Each ward councillor has a maximum of £1,000 to give out to local organisations. The scheme will run as a pilot for a year and incorporates the £16,000 budget for small and medium community grants, along with an additional £15,000 from the New Homes Bonus.

For more advice on how to present your project for a community grant, or for assistance in completing the application form, please contact Kate Senior, Partnerships Officer on 01756 706414 ksenior@cravendc.gov.uk

For more information about applying for Ward Member Grants, go to www.cravendc.gov.uk/wardmembergrants - or contact your ward member directly for further details.