Amersham Decides – could your Amersham project win a vote for funding?
Is your organisation running a community project in the Amersham Local Area that could use a financial boost? Are you involved in a community scheme that could really use some extra funding?
If so, Buckinghamshire County Council wants to hear from you! It’s launched ‘Amersham Decides’ this week (from Monday 12 March). People running local community projects can bid for a share of £9,000 of County Council funding via the Amersham Local Area Forum. The schemes put forward will be whittled down to four ‘finalists’ and then local people will vote on how the money should be divvied up between the four projects.
Buckinghamshire County Council really values the work people do at a local level in their community, making a real contribution to where they live. One way it allocates local funding is through ‘Local Area Forums’ that exist across the county. The Amersham Local Area Forum has allocated £9,000 towards Amersham Decides which means local people can choose how some of that cash is spent. If you think a project you run is eligible then make sure you get in touch. It could be anything – from running a lunch group to a sports scheme. Previous winners have included a group running mental health first aid courses, a pop up cinema and a memory box project at Amersham Museum.
Projects need to address one of the County Council’s priorities which are: Safeguarding Our Vulnerable Creating Opportunities & Building Self Reliance Ensuring Buckinghamshire is Thriving and Attractive You can find out more about these priorities at www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/council-and-democracy/our-plans/our-strategic-plan/
County Councillor Gareth Williams chairs the Amersham Local Area Forum. He said:
“We want local people to be able to decide for themselves how money is spent in their area. Whatever your scheme is, if you can show that it’s benefitting the community then we want to hear from you.
Please don’t be put off if you’ve not heard of this before or have never bid for funding or had any previous contact with the Council. It would be brilliant to find out more about what Amersham locals are doing in the area so please get in touch and put your project forward – it’s really straightforward and could ultimately win you thousands of pounds.”
You can find out more at www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/community/local-areas/local-area-working/amersham