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Lancashire groups urged to apply for funding to support their work

Bid: Community groups and clubs are being encouraged to apply and previous recipients Preston Pirates

Bid: Community groups and clubs are being encouraged to apply and previous recipients Preston Pirates

Community groups across the country are being urged to apply for a pot of cash to help them carry out their work.

Lancashire County Council has announced more than £190,000 for this year’s Local Initiative Fund (LIF) scheme.

Now in its third year, the scheme provides grants to voluntary, community and faith groups that carry out important work to help communities across Lancashire.

Groups in Lancashire can apply for grants of £1,000 to £5,000 to support their work and help to meet the county council’s priorities.

The LIF scheme provides grants to fund new and innovative projects and activities which support three of the county council’s priorities: improved outcomes for families; skills and employment; and activities for teenagers.

County Coun Mark Perks, chairman of the cabinet working group for the third sector, said: “In 2012/13, we awarded a total of £224,289 to community groups in Lancashire to deliver a wide range of activities to meet local needs.

“These included family support, digital and social media training, sports, online photo archives, careers and business advice sessions, school holiday activities and many other initiatives.

“We’re keen to see more organisations bidding for LIF grants to deliver new and innovative project activity in 2013/14 for the people of Lancashire and help the county council to achieve its priorities.”

Groups awarded cash last year include, Preston Pirates BMX club, Lancashire Women’s Network, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Furniture Matters.

The total budget provision for the Local Initiative Fund 2013/14 is £191,398.

For more information contact the council VCFS Grants Team on 01772 530 818 or online at www.lancashire.gov.uk and search for ‘Local Initiative Fund’.

Bids for funding need to be in by Friday April 26 at 5pm.

 

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