Bassetlaw: Community grants of up to £40,000 are up for grabs

Bassetlaw District Council, Potter Street, Worksop  (w120328-5b)
Bassetlaw District Council, Potter Street, Worksop (w120328-5b)

Communities in Bassetlaw are being invited to apply for a grant of up to £40,000 as part of a new match-funding scheme to help improve areas across the district.

Towns, villages and parishes will be encouraged to bid for a share of the scheme which is being offered by Bassetlaw Council for local projects that will help to improve communities.

The grants - which have to be match funded by the community - can be used for a wide range of purposes.

Such things as improving facilities like village halls, play equipment or bus shelters, cultivating village greens and open spaces or even repairs to historic buildings, are all encouraged as part of the grant scheme.

Applications to the local authority can range from a minimum of £10,000 to a maximum of £40,000.

However, communities must be able to match the level of funding provided by the council pound for pound.

Cabinet member for finance, Coun June Evans said the scheme is a ‘fantastic’ opportunity and encouraged communities to move quickly.

She said: “This grant scheme provides a fantastic opportunity for towns, villages and parishes in Bassetlaw to make improvements to their community. “

“However, the council can only offer this grant for a limited time and any interested communities need to act fast.”

The local authority has already received three bids and a number of application requests for a share of up to £80,000.

Communities who would also like to make an application have until Saturday 31st August to do so.

Further details about the Community Projects Grant Scheme can be found on the council’s website, or can be requested by calling 01909 533160.