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£1.3m to support local communities

Lancashire County Council has announced a grant fund of £1.32m to support voluntary, community and faith sector organisations.

The county council’s Central Gateway Grants programme has opened for applications for the 2016-2018 scheme.

A total of £683,000 is available for this year (2016/17) and £638,000 for next year (2017/18).

The deadline for organisations to apply is 5pm on Friday 1 April. Successful bids will be notified in June.

Jennifer Mein, leader of the county council, said: “We’re calling on organisations across Lancashire to apply for funding. We want to work closely with partner organisations to develop new ways of providing services for local people.

“The county council recognises and values the contribution that these organisations make to public services and wellbeing in the county.

“Through these grants we want to increase volunteering and help organisations create sustainable solutions for their communities.”

Central Gateway Grants provide organisations with funding to help deliver the county council’s core purpose: Enabling people in Lancashire to live a healthy life, live in a decent home in a good environment, and have employment that provides an income that allows full participation in society.

Organisations looking to apply for a Central Gateway Grants should visit www.lancashire.gov.uk and search for ‘voluntary community and faith sector grants’, contact 01772 530 818 or email lptgrantsteam@lancashire.gov.uk.

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