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More cash allocated for local good causes affected by the impact of COVID-19

Councillors at Central Bedfordshire Council are to be given extra funding so that they help local groups in their area affected by the impact of COVID-19.

The Ward Councillor Grant Scheme gives councillors £2000 which they can allocate to groups in their area which aim to improve the lives of local people.

At the recent Executive Meeting (16 June 2020) it was agreed to extend the Scheme to allocate an additional £1000 to each ward councillor.

This is to support local groups dealing with the direct consequences of the current public health emergency. Unlike the existing scheme, bids for the additional funds do not require match funding. Executive member with responsibility for Communities, Cllr Tracey Stock, said:

“Many local voluntary and community groups, both new and well established, have stepped up to help as part of their response to the pandemic, playing a phenomenal role in their parishes, villages and towns.

“This will undoubtedly have put pressure on their resources which is why we want to help them.

“Local councillors know their area best and are well placed to spend the money where it will make the most difference.

“For some groups a small grant can make a big difference to how they make it through this pandemic.”

If you run a local group in your community and want to approach your local ward councillor, you can find details on the council’s website centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/grants.