Published: Monday, 07th January 2019
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.
- 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."