Get your applications in for £300k Localities Bid Fund

Published: 7th January 2019

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You can kick start the new year by bidding for a share of £300,000 to improve your local community.

Applications for our Localities Bid Fund are now being accepted until 5pm on Thursday 28 February.

The scheme's first round in 2017 saw over £200,000 distributed to projects across the region. 

However the second round was postponed last November as it hadn't attracted enough sustainable bids to go forward to a public vote.

Entry criteria relaxed

Councillors recently approved an updated version of the scheme, which will see the entry criteria relaxed.

Changes include:

  • The fund will not be restricted to new projects
  • The cap for constituted groups has been raised from £10,000 to £15,000
  • Staffing costs of 50 percent of the total application will be considered (but cannot be used to supplement funding core staffing activity/time)
  • The fund will consider structural changes to buildings

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Locality Services:

"This remains a great opportunity for local communities to take forward projects that can have a positive impact in their town or village. 

“Members of the public will vote for the ideas they want to see delivered and I hope we attract a good number of bids for them to choose from in each of the five localities in the Borders."

More information

Download an application form and see more information about the scheme.