£1.5m funding cashpot made available for communities

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Grants totalling more than £1.5 million are available for community groups around South Yorkshire.

The Government is urging community organisations to apply for a share of the cash - being offered under the Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund.

Projects are eligible for cash provided they can provide their own finance to match the amount applicants are seeking from the fund.

Grants of £732,000 are available in Sheffield, £414,000 in Rotherham, £237,000 in Barnsley and £356,000 in Doncaster.

Among previous schemes to have benefited from the fund are a community festival in a Rotherham village, a parents’ group running an ‘adopt a street’ scheme in Rotherham, and a neighbourhood magazine in Barnsley.

Steve Ruffle, development manager for Rotherham Federation of Tenants and Residents, said: “Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund has been a fantastic programme for some of our communities.

“There are some really inventive projects that communities have come up with and some creative ways of bringing in match funding, including use of volunteer time.”

Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, said: “We want to support people who are passionate and have drive to make communities better places.”

■ Visit Neighbourhood Matched Fund for details of how to apply.

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