Local community groups in Clackmannanshire benefited from Clackmannanshire Council's Community Development Fund grants of over £40,000 last year.
The Fund of £100,000 is available again this year. It aims to help local community groups to improve the physical environment and community facilities and applications are open. Groups who applied in previous financial years are eligible to apply in this financial year.
The funding is for capital expenditure on permanent improvements to buildings and land. Successful applications include projects such as new fencing, upgrading toilets, new roofs, re-wiring and replacement windows. These improvements have helped groups expand their options for income generation as well as provision of activities.
There is no closing date for applications. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.
To receive a grant, applicant organisations must be constituted and not-for-profit. They must own or have a long-term lease on the building or land in question.
Projects should assist in meeting the ambitions set out in Making Clackmannanshire Better and/or more integrated accessible services for local communities.
Activities which contribute to the regeneration or development of an area include, in particular
- securing that land and buildings are brought into effective use
- contributing to, or encouraging economic development
- creating an attractive and safe environment
- preventing crime or reducing the fear of crime
- providing or improving housing or social and recreational facilities, for the purpose of encouraging people to live or work in the area or of benefiting people who live there
- providing or improving training, educational facilities or health services for local people
- providing employment for local people
- assisting local people to make use of opportunities for education, training or employment
- benefiting local people who have special needs because of disability or because of their sex or the racial group to which they belong.
Groups can apply for 60% of the total project cost up to a maximum of £10,000 including any VAT.
More information about the criteria is available on ClacksWeb