Grants for capital funding projects
A new scheme launched by Central Bedfordshire Council, encourages local groups to apply for grants of up to £25K. The Community Assets Grant Scheme aims to help local voluntary and community organisations make projects a reality. It offers matched-funding grants to enable them to invest in their community facilities.
The grants must be used for capital funding projects. For example, a new roof for a community hall or to improve access for people with disabilities.
The grant scheme is open to a range of Central Bedfordshire organisations, including voluntary and community groups, not-for-profit organisations and Parish or Town Councils.
The Council has allocated £182,000 which will be released through bidding rounds. This will give groups time to develop their proposals. The first bidding round opened on 16 December and is closing on 28 February 2020.
Groups should discuss their application with their local Ward Councillor. If they fulfil the criteria then the next step is to complete an online application form.
Applications will be scored and a decision will be made by the Council.
Executive member with responsibility for Communities, Cllr Tracey Stock, said:
“This Community Assets Grant Scheme, which is in addition the Ward Councillor Grant Scheme launched in October, is another way we can support the many organisations and groups who benefit the people of Central Bedfordshire.
“By providing substantial matched-funding grants to help improve community assets, we can boost their existing fundraising and take it to another level.”
The Community Assets Grant Scheme was first announced at the Council’s Executive meeting in August 2019.
More information about the grants and how to apply for them can be found here.