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Harlow groups could benefit from £1.4 million cash boost

Communities / Wed 23rd Dec 2015 at 08:59am

ESSEX County Council is giving £1.4million to over 160 community groups for projects including local sports facilities, playground and village hall improvements.

The cash is part of the Council’s Community Initiatives Fund (CIF), set up to give small grants of up to £20,000 to community activities across Essex.

Cllr Roger Hirst, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and the Environment, said: “It is heartening to see the large amount of work that goes on in towns and villages around Essex at a local grassroots level to make life better for all of our residents.

“I am very happy that Essex County Council is able to make a contribution to such a diverse selection of projects, from buying woodland for public use at Bowers Gifford, to creating vegetable gardens and open space for properties for young single homeless people in Colchester and Clacton.

“This money is helping people from all sectors of our population – toddlers, pensioners, adults with learning disabilities, scouting groups, sports club members, conservationists.

“We’re making a valuable contribution to the upkeep of community facilities including village halls and play areas.”

Last month (November), 12 local panels met to decide how to allocate funds within their districts.

The money will be split between 164 groups, in grants varying from £500 for a new village notice board for Ramsey Parish Council, up to £20,000 for refurbishing Traps Hill play area in Loughton.

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