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24/04/12 Cash For Projects - More than 80 community groups have bid

More than 80 community groups have bid for a share of a £750,000 pot of cash for projects. Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge launched the fund to help residents improve local areas.

Eighty-five applications for money from the Community Improvements Fund were received by this month’s deadline.

Groups* have asked for between £10,000 and £50,000 – the most available for a single scheme.

Among the bidders are scouts wanting to renovate premises, a group looking to create an outdoor fitness area and a church hoping to build a hall for community events.

Other applications have been received from people wanting to transform a neglected pond into a focal point for the neighbourhood and a sports club seeking to develop its facilities.

Mr Hodge said: “I started this fund to help people across Surrey get schemes up and running that benefit their local communities.

“It is a great example of the county council and residents joining together to make Surrey an even better place to live.

“Even a small amount of cash can make a big difference in local communities and I’m looking forward to seeing groups get projects off the ground that will be of lasting benefit to residents.”

A panel of councillors will now consider the projects, with Mr Hodge giving the final sign-off. Groups are expected to discover if they have been successful in the first round of approvals next month.

More information can be found on the community improvements fund section of the council's website.

Bids to be considered by the panel: Elmbridge – 8; Epsom and Ewell – 3; Guildford – 9; Mole Valley – 14; Reigate and Banstead – 4; Runnymede – 12; Surrey Heath – 4; Spelthorne – 4; Tandridge – 6; Waverley – 14; Woking – 7.


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