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Community Improvements Fund gets £500,000 boost

A fund that has helped 60 community groups improve their local areas has been given a £500,000 boost.

Surrey County Council has earmarked the cash for the Community Improvements Fund that was launched by leader David Hodge with the aim of supporting residents’ efforts to independently enhance their neighbourhood.

An an outdoor gym near Stoneleigh, a skate park at Puttenham and a community shop at Strood Green are among the projects to have won cash since the fund’s launch in 2011.

Groups will be able to find out about the bidding criteria and apply from May, when forms will be available on Surrey County Council’s website.

Mr Hodge said: “All the projects that have won cash so far are fantastic examples of the county council and residents coming together to make Surrey an even better place to live and that’s why we’re making another £500,000 available.

“These are schemes that are making a lasting difference to communities and I would urge other groups looking to independently enhance their neighbourhood to apply for funding when bidding opens in May

“Whether it’s a project to help young people, a scheme to support the vulnerable or an initiative that improves sporting facilities, they will all have the chance to win cash to improve their local areas. So keep a lookout for the application form and information about how submitting it and we’ll look forward to receiving bids.”

Below is a map with pins marking all the projects that have been awarded cash so far. Some schemes have to meet conditions, such as winning planning permission, before the money is released.

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