Community groups urged to bid for more than £350,000

David Hodge Stroud Green

Groups have been urged to bid for a share of more than £350,000 still up for grabs for projects that make a difference to their communities.

There is £357,000 available from a fund created by Surrey County Council leader David Hodge to improve local areas.

Originally £750,000 was earmarked for the pot of cash and this has been swelled to around £813,000.

A community cafe, a meals on wheels service and a scout hall were among the first 17 projects to win cash.

The Shop at Strood Green won £50,000 towards improving its community cafe and turning disused rooms into affordable home for a local family.

First Weybridge Scout Group received £21,280 to help renovate its hall and the Friends of St Andrew’s Box Hill Jubilee Kitchen Extension got £12,675 towards delivering more meals to older people at home.

The Surrey leader’s Community Improvements Fund is being run in tandem with the Love Where You Live campaign, which aims to encourage residents to volunteer and play a more active role to improve their communities.

Mr Hodge said: “There is still £357,000 available for projects that improve local areas, make a real difference to people’s lives and help residents to independently enhance where they live and I would urge community groups to get their applications in.

“All the projects that have already won cash are great examples of the county council and residents joining together to make Surrey an even better place to live and I’m looking forward to seeing even more groups get schemes off the ground that will be of lasting benefit to neighbourhoods.”

Bids can be made for between £10,000 and £50,000. The deadline for applications is 28 September. A panel of councillors will then draw up a shortlist for Mr Hodge to consider.

More details about the fund can be found at www.surreycc.gov.uk/communityimprovementsfund

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