Pots of Money!
By Gill Moseley
Each Gloucestershire County Councillor is allocated two pots of funding during their four-year term of office. County divisions can be widespread or concentrated areas and can include a number of parishes or a single town, and so consideration needs to be given to a fair distribution of funds within each division. There are eight divisions in the Forest of Dean District.
HIGHWAYS LOCAL is an annual pot of £30K which is intended to be used to fund all or part of smaller projects, identified by members of the local community and/or parish/town councils, which would otherwise fall below the radar of the main highways improvements, maintenance or repair budgets. The bids need to be related to safety issues and can be put forward through your county councillor and agreed by the local Highways Manager.
Examples of successful bids include signage, footpath/pavement repairs, kissing gates for public footpaths and dropped kerbs,
Contact your local parish or town council or county councillor about this fund.
COVID RECOVERY FUND - Councillor Scheme (also known as Build Back Better - Councillor Scheme) - is a £40K pot for the term of the council (four years). This funding is intended to help communities get back on their feet after the pandemic. It is open to any organisation that wishes to provide support and activities for people who live in their area. The application form and guidelines can be found at: shorturl.at/dtzHS.
Talk to your local county councillor before applying, in order to assess the likelihood of your request being validated. Although the final approval is made by GCC officers, your local county councillor needs to approve the submission first. Applications can be made at any time up to January 2025, but the earlier the better. as the pot is not infinite and decisions need to be made about submissions already in the pipeline.
Gill Moseley, Newent's County Councillor, commented, "These schemes are a great way for the community to put forward bids for projects that they know will make a difference. The amounts are not huge but local people will know what is needed and how to make good use of grants like these."