Funding is up for grabs for Bushey projects which aim to reduce social isolation, improve health and wellbeing or support the vulnerable – and can demonstrate strong local backing.
Applications are being invited for Hertsmere Borough Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Fund from this month via its Crowdfunder page.
Non-profit organisations which deliver services that benefit the local community can apply for a cash injection of up to £5,000 through the scheme. A great example of this is the Bushey Heath Digital Hub (pictured).
However, before they apply, they must demonstrate at least a quarter of their project’s funding can be raised by crowdfunding.
Hertsmere’s CIL fund is made up of fees paid by developers of all kinds of properties in the borough to the council. Currently there is £15,000 available for projects in Bushey.
Councillor Dr Harvey Cohen, Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “We know more than ever that our communities are feeling the pressure after, what for many, has been a very difficult year.
“Whatever your project – however large or small – now is the time to get your application in and get the ball rolling.
“Once you can demonstrate that there is strong community support for your project, we can give you the helping hand you need.”
Applications for funding are only invited for projects within Potters Bar and Bushey.
In other parts of the borough, town and parish councils are allocated 15 per cent of the CIL receipts raised from developments in their area for local projects.
Projects should be registered on the Crowdfunder website to be in with a chance of securing CIL funding. The council’s CIL funding for 2020/21 will be allocated by the end of March next year.
Support and advice is available at hertscf.org.uk/
For more information, including further details of the eligibility criteria for projects, go to crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/hertsmere
For a list of projects currently appealing for crowdfunding in Hertfordshire go to crowdfunder.co.uk/programmes/crowdfund-hertfordshire