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Grants up to £50k to help breathe new life into community facilities

West Oxfordshire District Council is once again giving communities the chance to apply for grants up to £50,000 to help improve facilities that benefit residents and visitors.

Local communities can apply for a Community Facilities Grant (CFG) to enhance or create new facilities, such as village halls, play areas and sports clubs.

The Council has set aside £200,000 in its budget for the grant scheme in 2015/16 and funding will be allocated over two rounds. The deadline for the first round of grants is Tuesday 21 April.

Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Through this grant scheme our Council has been able to support over 40 projects to develop community facilities over the last 4 years and we are proud to be continuing this over the next year.

“Facilities like halls and play areas are at the heart of our communities and, as well as giving substantial grants to help with improvements, our financial backing gives parishes and towns leverage in securing other funding sources to ensure projects can come to fruition.”

During the last year 15 communities were supported by CFGs, with projects ranging from a major scheme to create a new community centre in Burford to smaller-scale projects including a new Community Gym in Leafield and replacement play equipment in Milton-under-Wychwood.

The total value of projects supported in 2014-15 stands at just over £6m.

Application forms are available via the Council’s website www.westoxon.gov.uk/communities. For more information, call 01993 861080.

Posted : 26/03/2015 22:21:04

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