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£360k of community funds available- one month to deadline

Nearly £360,000 of capital funding is still available for community projects in eight of Solihull’s wards and Solihull Council is urging community groups and organisations in those areas to submit bids. It is only a month until the deadline so it’s key that any groups who would like funding apply quickly. The deadline for bids is Tuesday 1 September.

This table details the amount of funding available for each ward:

Neighbourhood Area

Amount Available

Dorridge and Hockley Heath

£41,959

Knowle

£55,122

Olton

£42,553

Shirley East

£69,866

Shirley South

£42,579

Shirley West

£25,827

Sillhill

£49,403

St Alphege

£31,772


This funding comes from the new Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) that has been collected in 2019/20, plus £128,044 which has been ‘rolled over’ from previous years.  CIL was introduced by the Government in 2010 as a more flexible way of addressing the demands of new development in the local area.

The money is collected from new developments as part of the normal planning process. The funds are either placed into ‘ward pots’, which will now be open to ‘bids’ from local communities or distributed directly to the 13 parish and town councils in the borough via a formula.

To be considered groups and organisations must be formally constituted; have a bank account with two unrelated signatories; at least two unrelated management committee members if they are an unincorporated organisation or a voluntary group and show good financial management procedures including records of income and expenditure.

Councillor Alison Rolf, Cabinet Member for Stronger & Safer Communities, said: “I was delighted a few months ago when we realised the sum of CIL money we had and the positive impact it could have on the different areas of our borough. It’s not often that such a substantial sum of money is available for community groups and with only a month left to apply it’s vital groups get their applications in.

“If you are involved in a community group and have ideas about how to improve your local area, this is your chance. Be sure to apply before Tuesday 1 September and see if you could make your ideas on how to improve your local area a reality”.

If local residents or groups would like to  hear more about the types of funding opportunities available to community groups in the Borough contact cil@solihull.gov.uk who will be happy to give further detail.

For further information follow the link to the Council website here.

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