A THIRD round of UK-wide government funding is being advertised as making life ‘easier’ for communities seeking to “rescue prized local assets, such as sports clubs, music venues and historic buildings”.
The recipients of two rounds of the UK Government’s ‘levelling-up’ funding have already been announced, with several Scots projects among them – as reported, here, on placedesignscotland.com.
And now a third round has been announced, totalling £150m. Applications open on the 31st of this month, closing on July 12 – as noted, here.
And, says the UK Government, here: “Changes to the fund will make it easier than ever for community groups to seize back control of prized local assets that are at risk of being lost forever – helping to strengthen and level up communities and restore optimism, hope, and pride in the UK.
The amount of funding all projects can bid for will be increasing from £250,000 to £1 million, meaning that groups can bid for more funding to help save bigger projects such as Gigg Lane, home of Bury FC [in Greater Manchester], from being lost, which are at the heart of local communities.
“The requirement for match-funding is also being reduced to as low as ten per cent, making it easier for communities to acquire assets without raising additional private funding. For the first time, parish councils will also be able to apply to the fund, which has previously only been available to charities and community groups.”
Pictured: Palace of Westminster, Picture credit: Place Design Scotland
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