From community centres to brand new social housing schemes, the new £14 million Community Led Project Support fund is opening up possibilities for communities to push forward local building projects right across the country.

Locality is in touch with dozens of local groups and parish councils interested in taking up the grants to improve their communities. It is operating a free advice line through the My Community Rights support service to enable many more to come forward and discuss the options.

The grant pot managed by the HCA (Homes and Communities Agency) can be used to cover the cost of getting ideas for community building development off the drawing board and up to planning application stage, including paying for detailed site plans and professional fees.

Locality Development Officer Lyn Kesterton said, “Until relatively recently, this grant was only available to projects using the Community Right to Build, but now the eligibility criteria has been widened to include projects of all types moving towards planning permission.

This makes it really attractive to all sorts of organisations working to improve their communities through local building projects, whether they are community halls, houses, shops, pubs or other community facilities. “

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