COUNCILLORS across Bromsgrove District can apply for up to £1,155 each in the 2014/15 financial year to fund projects or services in their wards.
The cash must be used to improve the economic, social or environmental well-being of an area or clearly benefit the local community.
They should also support the council’s ‘strategic purposes’ to keep places safe and looking good, provide good things for residents to see, do and visit, help people find somewhere to live locally, assist residents be financially independent, help them live independently or aid them in running a successful business.
Members can join together for applications and work cross-boundary although all applications need to be approved by the authority’s executive director of finance and resources.
Funds will be paid directly to the successful projects and not the members.
Coun Michael Webb, responsible for finance, said it was excellent for councillors as they wanted to help people living in their wards and support local projects.
“This is about getting out and about in our communities and it brings democracy out of the council chamber and back to grass roots.
“I personally look forward to meeting my local constituents as part of this initiative and seeing lots of local project thriving and making a difference to the District as whole in the next financial year.”
Anyone wanting funding for projects should contact their ward councillors.