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£15,000 in grants for community projects and charities up for grabs from Herts county councillors

The three county councillors for Bishop's Stortford are getting more money to give away to causes that benefit residents of the town.

For a second year, each of Hertfordshire County Council's 78 elected members has a 'locality budget' of £15,000 to spread over the course of 12 months among projects that promote the social, economic or environmental wellbeing of their areas.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic they got £10,000, but this was increased by 50% for the 2020-21 financial year to help support lockdown-related schemes.

Cllr Alastair Ward-Booth, right, is urging Stortford charities to come forward (49617279)
Cllr Alastair Ward-Booth, right, is urging Stortford charities to come forward (49617279)

Cllr Alastair Ward Booth – one of Stortford's three representatives at County Hall along with fellow Conservative Graham McAndrew and Liberal Democrat Calvin Horner – said: "I'm keen to hear from smaller local charities in Stortford who haven't applied for a locality budget grant before, to make sure that as many groups benefit from this funding as possible."

Last year, projects that benefited included Little Hadham village hall's community hub, with £1,582.91 to help residents stay connected in response to Covid-19 self-isolation and social distancing policies.

Cllr Terry Douris, HCC's executive member for education, libraries and lifelong learning, said: "We're delighted that every councillor will be provided with a larger locality budget to enable them to provide support to even more worthy causes across the county.

"As we work to help our communities recover from the effects of Covid-19, we hope the grants will provide the necessary financial backbone for projects and organisations which help make Hertfordshire such a prosperous, inclusive and supportive county to live in.

"If you have a project that would benefit from support, we urge you to apply to your local councillor."

For more information and to apply for a locality budget grant, visit the county council's website at hertfordshire.gov.uk.

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