"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 were invited between £10,000 up to a maximum of £30,000. 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.
All bids are assessed by a Community Improvements Member Panel against the 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.
For 2014/15 there was £500,000 available, applicants were asked to apply between 6 May 2014 until 25 July 2014. Bids were considered by the Leader on 6 October 2014. All available funding for 2014/15 was allocated at this meeting to 23 projects across the County. The leaders decision notice is allocated below.
Key Criteria 2014/15
The projects applied for under this funding, had to meet each of the specific criteria below (more detailed information on the criteria and restrictions can be found in the attachments at the foot of the webpage):
The bids were assessed according to the information that was included in the application form.
This website will be updated by April 2015 with information on future bidding rounds, subject to funding being available.