Local groups and organisations are being urged to apply for funding to develop their communities over the coming year. This is an opportunity for retail associations to work with residents groups to develop worthy schemes to improve their neighbourhoods.
Brighton & Hove City Council has just launched the 2007/08 round of Community Development commissioning.
The council’s community development programme funds projects which help local communities to strengthen their neighbourhood and improve quality of life, particularly in the city’s Neighbourhood Renewal areas.
Councillor Don Turner, lead councillor for regeneration, said: “Community development is about tackling the barriers that stop people from getting involved and having their say. This funding programme aims to support a range of projects that bring different communities together and help them to resolve the neighbourhood problems that they share.”
The council is interested in commissioning projects that reflect local priorities, improve the quality of life and strengthen the links between the diverse communities throughout the city.
Projects currently being funded include work to develop activities for older people in the Queens Park and Craven Vale areas; support for a new group in St Peters & Lewes Road to identify neighbourhood priorities; and a project to support greater participation of people with disabilities in neighbourhood decision-making in Brunswick & Regency and Portland Road & Clarendon. A training project has also been commissioned to support and mentor community volunteers to help them develop community involvement in their local neighbourhood.
Full details of the programme plus application forms and guidance notes are available from at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/communitydevelopment or by contacting Angie Greany at Brighton & Hove City Council Voluntary Sector and External Funding Unit on 01273 295053.
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