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Community groups get chance to win share of £500,000

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A Surrey County Council fund that has helped more than 80 community groups improve their neighbourhoods has been given a £500,000 boost.

The cash has been put into the Community Improvements Fund to support residents’ efforts to improve their local area.

A youth cafe and a community pavilion were among the 23 projects to secure a total of almost £570,000 in the last funding round.

Previously an outdoor gym near Stoneleigh, a skate park near Puttenham and a community shop at Strood Green were awarded cash.

Bids can be made for between £10,000 and £30,000 and must be received by 22 July. More details can be found on the county council website together with an application form.

A shortlist will be drawn up for David Hodge, who launched the fund three years ago, to consider on 7 October.

The Surrey leader said: “All the projects that have already won cash – from a youth cafe to a community pavilion and a skate park to an outdoor gym – are great examples of the county council and residents joining together for the benefit of Surrey.

“They have made the county an even better place to live and I’m looking forward to receiving even more bids for schemes that make a real difference to people’s lives and help residents independently enhance where they live.”

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