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Nearly 80 groups signal interest in Surrey leader’s £750,000 community fund

Nearly 80 groups have already signalled an interest in sharing a £750,000 community fund launched by Surrey County Council’s leader.

David Hodge set up the fund to allow Surrey residents to bid for cash to support projects that improve local areas.

In just over six weeks since the Community Improvement Fund’s launch*, eight bids have been submitted with eight more in the pipeline. Around 60 groups have registered their interest in applying for funds.

Proposals** include a school wanting to cover an outdoor swimming pool to open it up to the community, a scout group looking to build a new hall and a youth organisation seeking a base to hold activities.

Mr Hodge said: “I am delighted that so many communities are coming forward with their schemes to benefit their local areas and I fully expect more will follow suit in the coming weeks and months.

“The fund provides £750,000 to projects that promise to make a real difference to people’s lives and strengthen the ability of residents to independently enhance where they live.

“It will also give local groups the chance to get infrastructure projects, which promise to provide lasting improvements to communities, off the ground.”

Bids can be made for between £10,000 and £50,000. They will be considered by a panel of councillors. The deadline for applications for the panel’s first meeting is 5 April.

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

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For more information, please contact senior media relations officer Kevin Richardson on 0208 541 7267 or email kevin.richardson@surreycc.gov.uk.

Notes to editors

* The fund was announced by David Hodge at a meeting of the Full Council in December with applications accepted from the start of January.

** Full details are confidential until applications have been considered by the panel of councillors.

Bids received since the start of January: Elmbridge – 1; Epsom & Ewell – 2; Guildford – 1; Waverley – 4.

Applications being finalised: Guildford – 2; Mole Valley – 3; Surrey Heath – 3.

Areas where groups have registered an interest in applying: Elmbridge; Guildford; Mole Valley; Reigate & Banstead; Runnymede; Spelthorne; Surrey Heath; Waverley; Woking.

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