Friday, 15 March 2013

Almost £200,000 to support Lancashire's community groups

Lancashire County Council has announced more than £190,000 for their 2013/14 Local Initiative Fund scheme.

Now in its third year, the LIF 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 Councillor Mark Perks, Chair 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."

• For more information about the LIF Scheme and the application process, please contact the council VCFS Grants Team on 01772 530 818 or visit www.lancashire.gov.uk and search for 'Local Initiative Fund'.

• Bids for funding in the next round need to be in by Friday 26th April 2013 at .005pm.

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