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Funding opportunity for Harlow community groups

Communities / Mon 26th Aug 2013 at 10:34am

COMMUNITY groups in Harlow which run projects or initiatives in their local area are being reminded to take up the opportunity to apply for small grant funding before the end of the month.

The Community Initiatives Fund small grants scheme, funded by Essex County Council (excluding Southend and Thurrock), is inviting groups to offer expressions of interest in receiving funding before the deadline of Saturday 31 August.

The CIF can contribute individual grants of up to £20,000 to community groups or organisations to help them with projects such as refurbishing a community centre or play park, or buying new equipment for example, sailing dinghies or cricket nets for sports clubs.

The small grants scheme is designed to fund local projects for the benefit of the community. It has already helped 1,551 projects since the CIF began in 2005/6.

The CIF supports community projects that:

• create, procure or develop new community assets;

• enhance existing community assets; and

• enhance or develop initiatives that strengthen a community.

Essex County Councillor John Jowers, Cabinet Member for Libraries, Communities and Planning, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for communities to apply for a cash boost for projects or activities taking place in their local area. We want to give a helping hand to local initiatives which will make a real difference to our residents. Don’t miss out on the opportunity!”

Groups interested in applying should submit an expression of interest, before the closing date of Saturday 31 August, for the consideration of a judging panel. They will assess the project, based on the information provided, and will either send the group an application form or contact them to discuss the project further. A project may be rejected for funding. Groups may also be directed to other potential funders.

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