Communities in the Borders will get another chance to bid for almost £300,000 worth of funding to improve their towns and villages in 2019.
Applications for Scottish Borders Council’s Localities Bid Fund will open on Monday 7th January. Application forms and guidance are now available.
The scheme’s first round in 2017 saw over £200,000 distributed to projects across the region. However the second round was postponed earlier this month as it hadn’t attracted enough sustainable bids to go forward to a public vote.
Councillors have approved an updated version of the scheme, with new criteria.
Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Locality Services, said: “This is a pilot funding scheme and we are constantly looking at the best way for it to work. It was clear that we had to make some changes to encourage more people to come forward with applications.
“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.”
Changes agreed include:
- the cap for constituted groups has been raised from £10,000 to £15,000
- the fund will not be restricted to new projects
- 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.
Applications that were submitted to the postponed round of funding can be resubmitted.
More information on how to apply can be found on the Scottish Borders Council website.