South Holland projects urged to bid for £500,000-plus 'levelling up' cash
South Holland organisations are being urged to bid for a ‘levelling up’ fund – even though the area is not seen by the Government as a priority.
Lincolnshire County Council wants ideas for schemes worth £500,000 or more as it bids for up to £9million from the Community Renewal Fund.
The fund is open to organisations from the voluntary and community sectors as well as education, local councils and business support organisations.
The ideas are supposed to boost the local economy and boost growth post-Covid – and need to be schemes that can be delivered between this summer and March 31 next year.
The Government has pre-selected Lincoln, East Lindsey and Boston as ‘priority places’- but the county council said that should not deter people from here to put their suggestions forward.
Mandy Ramm, funding and investment manager at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We’re keen to put forward bids for funding with the highest chance of success – those that will make a real difference to our economy in Lincolnshire and that can be completed quickly.
“It’s important that we get proposals to consider from across the county though, not just those areas that have already been identified for investment. There’s a considerable amount of money up for grabs and we’d like as much as we can to support Lincolnshire’s economic recovery.”
Bids need to be registered by May 14 and the county council will then submit them to the Government as a package in mid-June.
The council said that bids should ‘contribute to local growth strategies and target people and areas most in need’ and should be one-off schemes worth up to £3 million each.
It also says that it will pick projects that are strategically fit, value for money, can be delivered within the timeframe and demonstrate innovation. The fund’s four priorities are – skills, local business, ‘communities and place’ and supporting people into employment.
Questions on bids can be submitted to the county council via email to firstname.lastname@example.org