Big demand for fire authority grants

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Local groups from Doncaster have bid in huge numbers for a slice of a £2m community pot made available by South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority.

The Stronger Safer Communities Reserve fund, which aims to promote community safety across South Yorkshire, is nearly four times over-subscribed. Ninety-three organisations have made bids totalling almost £7.4m in the first round of bidding for the one-off funding.

Applicants have included schools, housing associations, children’s centres and a miners’ welfare club, with the smallest bid being for £1,300 and the largest for over £300,000.

Officers will now carry out an assessment process before the authority makes its first awards at its meeting on March 31.

Coun Jim Andrews, Chair of the Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “It’s excellent news that we’ve had so many organisations interested in our fund to help local communities promote the community safety message. Given the number of applicants, we will clearly need to prioritise the very best bids. We will be supporting the projects that really go the extra mile to help keep people safe.”