Green light for updated Localities Bid Fund

News release from Scottish Borders Council: Thursday 29 November 2018

scottish borders council logoBorders' communities will get another chance to bid for nearly £300,000 worth of funding to improve their towns and villages in the new year.

Applications for Scottish Borders Council's Localities Bid Fund will open on Monday 7 January.

Application forms and guidance will be available from Monday 17 December.

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 today (Thursday) approved an updated version of the scheme, which will see the entry criteria relaxed.

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 today include:

  • The fund will not be restricted to new projects    
  • The cap for constituted groups has been raised from £10,000 to £15,000
  • 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 will be available at www.scotborders.gov.uk/LocalitiesBidFund and through SBC’s Facebook and Twitter pages.