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  • County Councillor welcomes fund to help support work in communities

    Frank Martin

    SKELMERSDALE West County Cllr Julie Gibson, shadow lead member for Economic Regeneration, has welcomed the announcement of the opening of the Local Initiative Fund (LIF) for 2017/2018 to help support work in communities.

    The Fund is open for bids from the voluntary, community and faith sector to apply for a grant across Lancashire and over £177,000 is available across the 12 districts.

    Funding for each district has been shared out based on population, as well as factors such as areas of deprivation.

    The LIF Scheme provides the opportunity for third sector groups and organisations in Lancashire to apply for grants between £1,000 - £5,000 if their project supports one of three priorities:

    - Supporting Families;

    - Providing Skills and Employment Initiatives;

    - Providing Activities and Programmes for Young People aged 12 – 19 (up to 25 for people with learning difficulties or disabilities);

    Cllr Gibson said: “The Fund is there to enable and support groups across Lancashire working within their communities to help make a difference to residents in those communities. The priorities identified aim to target some of our most vulnerable residents enabling them to play a full and active part in their community.”

    Deadline for applications to be submitted is Friday, September 1 at 5pm. Organisations will be informed about the outcome of their grant in November 2017.

    Cllr Gibson added: “If organisations would like more information about the Fund and other grants available, they can ring or email the grants team at the contact details below:”

    Tel: 01772 530818 or 01772 536862
    Email: localinitiativesfund@lancashire.gov.uk

    County Councillor Albert Atkinson, deputy leader of the county council, commented: "We’re asking community groups to get in contact and apply for this funding which could directly help to support their work.

    "We've previously supported a wide range of projects including activities for young people, one-off events for the community, training sessions and fitness events.

    "Community groups play an important role in every part of Lancashire. They carry out great work that benefits people in many different ways, and we're pleased to once again support them through our Local Initiative Fund."

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