Rutland County Council is inviting sport, leisure and community groups to apply for funding to improve their facilities.
Applications for a new grant and loan scheme, which has a pot of £500,000, opened last month with a deadline for submitting brief, initial proposals by December 22.
The scheme has been set up specifically to accommodate communities that are growing as a result of new developments and is only open to organisations serving the needs of such developments. Applicants must be based in Rutland or serving the needs of Rutland residents.
It is hoped the funding will allow groups such as sports clubs, hall management committees, charities and social enterprises to enhance their offering to local people by carrying out a wide range of improvements.
Deputy council leader and portfolio holder for development and finance Terry King (Con) said: “Sport, leisure and community organisations provide a vital outlet. They’re important for our mental and physical wellbeing and often represent the cornerstone around which communities are built.
“Our new grant and loan scheme will offer local groups serving new developments the chance to upgrade their facilities, make sustainable improvements to reduce their running costs and expand to attract new members. We’re very much looking forward to receiving and reviewing the proposals.”
Projects eligible to receive funding include building modernisation and refurbishment, the addition of outdoor lighting, fencing or signage, large items of fixed equipment and accessibility improvements such as paths, walkways and cycle storage.
All projects will be assessed and scored by a panel of five community representatives and five Rutland county councillors.
Bids can be submitted for between £500 and £75,000 for each project or individual organisation.
Anyone wishing to apply must first complete an Initial Project Proposal form from www.activerutland.org.uk or by calling 01572 720936.
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