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Financial support offered to community groups

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 24, 2014

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ASHBOURNE community projects are being invited to apply for their slice of a £4.3 million fund.

Locality, a nationwide network of community enterprises and development trusts, in partnership with the Local Government Association, are ready to support organisations who offering local services in their neighbourhoods, such as adult social care, health or employment.

Steve Wyler, Locality Chief Executive said: “We promote a culture of collaboration in communities, and these new funding opportunities mean that we can foster this approach more widely.

“We strongly believe that local people and local agencies have the insights, connections, passion and commitment to their neighbourhood to best decide what local services should look like and how public funds are spent.

“We’re committed to putting power back in the hands of the people where it belongs.

“The funding project, Our Place, gives greater control to the people who live in a neighbourhood, who know what they need and are determined to improve their area.”

It is expected that there will be a surge of applications with already over 250 organisations and individuals emailing Locality, so interested groups are encouraged to apply early.

The project will comprise grants, direct support and shared learning activities, including a champions’ network, peer groups, webinars and other events.

The programme is supported by a team of delivery associates including the Community Development Foundation as grant administrators and the National Association of Local Councils.

Further information is available online at www.locality.org.uk

Applications can be made online and groups can apply for direct support and grant funding.

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