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Time running out for community groups to win share of £350,000

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge and Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games Helyn Clack visit The Shop at Strood Green. Click image to download

Time is running out for groups to get their bids in for a share of more than £350,000 available for projects that make a difference to communities.

Groups have until Friday 28 September to submit their applications for £357,000 still up for grabs from a fund launched by Surrey County Council leader David Hodge.

Already, 42 bids for money for local projects have been received, with around 100 groups signalling an interest in winning a share of the money.

Proposals put forward include improvements to a village hall, a bicycle recycling project and a skate park.

The first 17 projects to receive cash included a community cafe, a meals on wheels service and a scout hall. The Shop at Strood Green won £50,000 towards overhauling its cafe, First Weybridge Scout Group received £21,280 to renovate its base and the Friends of St Andrew’s Box Hill Jubilee Kitchen Extension got £12,675 to deliver more meals to the elderly 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 neighbourhoods.

Mr Hodge said: “We’ve already received plenty of great applications for projects that improve local areas, make a real difference to people’s lives and help residents independently enhance where they live.

“I’m sure there are plenty of other groups putting together bids for schemes that will be of lasting benefit in their communities and I would like to remind them they haven’t got long left to send them in.

“All the projects that have already won money are fantastic examples of the county council and residents joining together to make Surrey an even better place to live and I’m looking forward to more schemes getting off the ground.”

Bids can be made for between £10,000 and £50,000 and a panel of councillors will then draw up a shortlist for Mr Hodge to consider next month.

More details about the fund and an application form can be found at


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