Community Action Fund for 2017-2018

Date published: 01/02/2018

In 2017-18 all 54 elected Bridgend County Borough Council councillors have been given an allocation of £5,000 logoto spend within their ward on locally-determined initiatives. 

This money is intended for the benefit of the community, subject to compliance with the requirements of the scheme. Councillors will have reasonable discretion as to how to spend their allocation, as long as they are lawful for the Council, rational, properly recorded and not contrary to council policy.

This initiative is hoped to broaden the impact which Council funding can have on individual communities and provide a funding source which Councillors can use to directly benefit their ward.

Examples of initiatives that the fund can be used for:

Undertake small improvements to community assets such as painting a community room, buying equipment for a village hall or purchasing planters to improve the street scene.

  • Improvements to a community centre or village hall;
  • Setting up and publishing a new community newsletter;
  • Planning and publishing village walks;
  • Purchase of play and exercise equipment for community use;
  • Public events, festivals and exhibitions;
  • Setting up a new community activity such as a gardening club or residents group.

Examples of initiatives that the fund cannot be used for:

  • Recurring expenditure and particularly not for anything which could create an on-going financial commitment;
  • Clothing/Uniform for the sole use of an individual;
  • Political activities, lobbying or campaigning;
  • Direct employment of staff, or for rent or general running costs of an organisation;
  • General charitable donations where there are no specific and identifiable benefits to the particular ward;
  • Gifts or hospitality (catering and refreshments).

Funding requests from the scheme need to be made by completing the Councillor’s Community Action Fund form and submitted to your local Councillor.

For further details and find out how to apply, read more here >>>

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