Further community projects receive funding
March saw a further three projects awarded Your Fund Surrey grants totalling over £800,000 in the latest batch of successful applications. The £100m community fund is designed to give financial backing to projects submitted by residents and community groups that will enhance their local area, with people encouraged to 'Think Big'.
Claygate, Pirbright and Reigate will all get improved sports facilities thanks to local communities stepping up to make it happen, with help from Surrey County Council's Your Fund Surrey.
Claygate Community Pool has been awarded £363,500 to redevelop an existing outdoor pool into an indoor facility that will enable the whole community to use the pool all year round. This work is already underway and due to be finished next month. In May, work will begin on building changing rooms, showers, and a community room. This is expected to take about five months.
Pirbright Community Amateur Sports Pavilion has been awarded £300,000 for an environmentally sustainable, community amateur sports pavilion, at the heart of the village, to help foster wider engagement in active lifestyles for all.
The village's existing cricket pavilion, nearly 70 years old and in poor condition, will be demolished and replaced, and the new facility will include changing rooms, toilets and a catering kitchen.
South Park Sports Association has been awarded £150,000 for a floodlit 3G artificial grass pitch with a spectator area, providing an opportunity for existing, former and new teams to play and build their provision for women, girls and people living with disabilities.
Previous projects awarded funding
The first projects that were approved for funding from Your Fund Surrey (YFS) community funding project with funding of £30,000 were awarded to the Weybridge Men's Shed, £35,000 for the Claygate Recreation Ground Trust and £500,000 from the fund was allocated towards the construction of a local community shop and café located in Normandy, Surrey.
What's happening in your area?
Currently there are nearly 1,350 ideas pinned on the ideas map. The Your Fund Surrey team has received nearly 200 submissions since the portal opened earlier this year. You can have your say on what's being proposed here: Share Your Views On Your Fund Surrey Project Proposals – Commonplace
Surrey County Councillor Mark Nuti said "YFS has seen an incredible public response across the county. And we're delighted to be able to start allocating funding to community projects like these which will make a positive impact on their communities – we look forward to seeing more and more funding allocated across the whole breadth of the county. So keep them coming – even if you've never put a funding application together before – get together with others in your community and we can help to help you make it happen".
To come up with a community project idea residents are encouraged to speak to their local County Councillor, community groups, neighbours and friends about what could be achieved in their area and what ideas might already be being developed.
What can Your Fund Surrey be used for?
- Capital, one-off costs – the Fund cannot pay for ongoing running and maintenance costs
- Projects that fit with the aims of Surrey's Community Vision
- Projects that have the support of your local community
Find out more at on the Your Fund Surrey web page.
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