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More than £80,000 on offer to community groups across East Herts

A share of more than £80,000 is on offer to voluntary and community groups, not-for-profit organisations, faith groups and town and parish councils across East Herts.

The funding is the district council’s share of the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) plus money raised via East Herts Lottery. Three types of funding are available.

The first is community grants of between £300 and £3,000 for projects which benefit the wider community of East Herts. Priority will be given to initiatives which support areas of disadvantage and low income.

Cllr Alex Daar joins Imagination Dance CIC
Cllr Alex Daar joins Imagination Dance CIC

Secondly, cultural activities grants of £500 to £5,000 for projects which broaden cultural opportunities across the district, with a particular focus on involving people who have previously had limited access to the arts.

Thirdly, environmental sustainability grants of £300 to £3,000 for projects such as the installation of low/zero carbon infrastructure, EV charging points and bike racks, community sustainability projects and tree planting.

To mark the launch of the scheme, Cllr Alex Daar, East Herts Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, joined a SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) dance and movement session run by previous grant recipient Imagination Dance CIC.

She said: “Community grants provide support and impetus to many extremely valuable community initiatives across East Herts. This year’s equal focus on community, cultural and environmental sustainability goals will, we hope, build stronger, better-connected communities which work together to solve problems.”

The deadline for applications is January 22. Payments for successful submissions will be made by March 31. To find out more about the process and the criteria, see https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/grants-guidelines.

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