"I believe we at Surrey County Council can help communities come together so they can flourish. We are introducing the Community Improvements Fund to give local groups the chance to improve their areas, make a real difference to people's lives and strengthen the ability of residents to independently enhance where they live." David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County Council
The Community Improvements Fund has been set up to support local community-based initiatives, which make a real difference to people's lives. Bids to this fund can be submitted for requests between £10,000 up to a maximum of £50,000. The funding is intended primarily to cover capital costs linked to community infrastructure projects.
In certain circumstances limited revenue support of a one-off nature may also be available under this fund to assist in establishing or placing an initiative on a sustainable footing. Such revenue requests would be considered as part of the wider funding application submitted. Priority is likely to be given to applicants at a stage of being ready to proceed within the financial year of funding being granted.
All bids are assessed by a Community Improvements Member Panel against set criteria, before recommendations are made to the Leader for decision. Successful bids will be required to provide evidence of spend and show how the project has met its intended outcomes.
The 2014/15 Community Improvements Fund has £500,000 available, and will be open to applicants from early May 2014. This website will be updated with information on how to apply to the fund, including the criteria and guidance for applicants as well as an application form, in advance of the fund opening.
The Community Improvements Fund has been running for two years - 2012/13 and 2013/14. Two bidding rounds were held in each year, and the successful bids are attached below.