Community groups urged to bid for initiative fund grants
A WEST Lancashire county councillor is urging eligible local groups and organisations to apply for funding from the authority’s Local Initiative Fund (LIF) for 2017/18.
Skelmersdale West County Councillor Julie Gibson, Lancashire’s shadow lead member for economic regeneration, has welcomed the announcement of the opening of the LIF to help support work in communities.
The fund is open for bids from the voluntary, community and faith sectors across Lancashire to apply for grants and more than £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 and £5,000 if their project supports one of three priorities:
l Supporting families.
l Providing skills and employment initiatives.
l Providing activities and programmes for young people aged 12 to 19 (up to 25 for people with learning difficulties or disabilities).
Councillor 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 5pm on Friday, September 1.
Organisations will be informed about the outcome of their bids in November.
The application pack can be downloaded from the county council website.
Cllr. Gibson added: “If organisations would like more information about the fund and other grants available, they can ring the grants team on 01772 530818 or 01772 536862; or email localinitiativesfund@
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.”