COMMUNITY groups and other organisations wanting to bid for cash generated by the New Homes Bonus scheme have until next Friday (July 29) to get their applications.
There is £124, 840 available from the funding allocated in 2015/16 and that being given by the Government for 2016/17.
The 2015/16 funding of £23,840 is available to any communities that can provide evidence that they have been affected by growth.
And the 2016/17 funding of £101,000 has been initially broken down into wards affected by growth. The corresponding values are detailed in a ‘Ward Breakdown’ schedule on New Homes Bonus section of the council’s website. The address can be found below.
Bids can be made across more than one ward if the additional benefit to the community can be evidenced. Any bids need to have the support of the relevant ward councillor.
The move to make this New Homes Bonus cash available was unanimously approved by councillors back in June.
It has been welcomed by campaigners, including the Hagley Residents Action Group, which submitted a district-wide petition to the authority in 2014 containing 1,429 names.
Peter Rowbottom, the lead Petitioner and member of Hagley Residents Action Group, welcomed the council’s decision, praised the authority and gave special thanks to the cabinet including, Coun Geoff Denaro, for bringing the recommendation forward.
“This now means that communities in areas such as Tardebigge, Hagley, Catshill, Sanders Park, Slideslow, Avoncroft and elsewhere can each potentially benefit to the tune of up to tens of thousands of pounds in terms of improvements to local facilities over the next year or so.”
He urged community groups across the district in the eligible areas to apply for the cash.
“I also hope that, subject to the financial situation facing the Council in future years, further New Homes Bonus money can continue to be passed on to local groups and communities to the benefit of all and that the council can receive credit for doing so.”
Visit www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/nhb or e-mail NHBGrants@bromsgrove.gov.uk to find out more and to bid for funds before next Friday’s deadline.