Deadline looming for share in £100,000 worth of community funding in the Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean District Council is offering £100,000 worth of funding for improvements to the community, with just a few days left to apply for its 2023-2024 pot.

By Sarah Kent  |  Published
Community groups in the Forest of Dean can secure up to £25,000 per project for eco-friendly upgrades.

With just days left to apply for community funding, the Forest of Dean District Council is welcoming applications for a share of its £100,000 pot.

Open to anyone wishing to make improvements to village halls and community buildings, the money is part of the Rural England Prosperity Fund, which is granted specifically to support eco-friendly upgrades.

Measures such as decarbonisation, improving energy efficiency, upgrades to renewable energy and improving digital connectivity are all encouraged as part of this community environmental strategy.

Projects like installing air or ground source heat pumps, improving insulation, changing light fittings to LED, installing solar panels, adding broadband and wifi and fitting rainwater harvesting systems are all eligible improvements that will be funded.

Grants offered are between £3,000 and £25,000 per application, with 20 per cent match funding needed from applicants. 

Applications for 2023-2024 are open until the end of Monday 8 January 2024, with submissions for the 2024-2025 pot open until Friday 12 July 2024.

Interested community groups should apply via Forest of Dean District Council's website.

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