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

Surrey leader David Hodge visits the community shop at Strood Green with Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games Helyn Clack

Nearly 30 groups have already signalled an interest in bidding for a slice of more than £350,000 available for projects that make a difference to communities.

There is £357,000 still up for grabs from a fund launched by Surrey County Council leader David Hodge to help residents improve their local areas.

A community cafe at Strood Green, a meals on wheels service at Box Hill and a Weybridge scout hall were among the first 17 projects to win cash in May.

With two months still to go before the deadline for the next round of Community Improvements Fund applications, 28 groups have already registered their interest in getting cash.

Proposals being developed include one to create community allotments and another to help new mums and young parents, that includes a service to pass on children’s clothes.

Mr Hodge said: “There’s been a fantastic response so far and I’m sure many more groups will come forward in the next couple of months with projects to enhance their local areas.

“All the schemes 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.
 
“There’s still £357,000 available and I’m looking forward to seeing even more communities get schemes off the ground that make a real difference for local people.”

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

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

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