Projects sought to build pride and create opportunities for communities

Published: Wed 25th May, 2022

  • The image shows an outline of the borough and the wording Future Charnwood Investment Plan

Charnwood Borough Council is appealing for projects to come forward to bid for a slice of a £4 million fund which aims to help the area level-up.

The Council has been allocated the money under the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and is developing the Future Charnwood Investment Plan.

The UKSPF aims to build pride in places and increase life chances. The Council says its investment plan will support these objectives and help create a better borough for future generations.

Local communities are being urged by the Council to submit proposals by Sunday, June 12. These will be then assessed and a number of projects will be selected and included in the investment plan.

Successful projects will need to clearly set out their objectives and how they will be delivered.

Council Leader Jonathan Morgan said: “This is an amazing opportunity to make Charnwood a better place for local communities and I would encourage residents, groups, communities and organisations to consider making a bid.

“There is a fairly tight timetable set by Government so we are working at pace to put together the investment plan. That means we do need projects to be a bit beyond the ‘idea’ stage and have some details in place.

“We have created a handy form for people to use as a guide which sets out the information we need at this stage.

“We encourage applications from across the borough as we want the fund to reach deep into our communities. I look forward to seeing projects come forward and help create a better future for Charnwood.”

All councils in the country have been allocated money under the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The fund aims to enable communities to have pride in the place in which they live and give greater opportunities to residents and communities that in the past have not always been able to benefit from funding programmes.

The UKSFP is part of the Government’s levelling-up agenda to boost pay and productivity, innovation and economic growth, improve public services, regenerate town centres, tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, and give greater access to culture.

The Council is looking for projects which build on people’s pride in the places they live and create greater opportunities for the next generation of residents, communities and businesses.

More information about the how to submit projects to be included in the Future Charnwood Investment Plan is available at www.charnwood.gov.uk/futurecharnwood

The Council is contacting local partners and organisations, including town and parish councils, to make them aware of the fund and the deadline for submissions.

It is also highlighting the fund across social media and in the local media.

A virtual meeting is also being planned for Monday, June 6 at 6pm when Council officers will give an overview of the fund and  answer questions.

If you are interested in attending, please register your interest by visiting www.charnwood.gov.uk/futurecharnwood 

Watch this video as Cllr Morgan talks about the appeal for projects.