The Department for Communities and Local Government is providing support to partnerships of local authorities and community led groups through £2 million funding in 2016 to 2017. A further £500,000 is being made available for 2017 to 2018.
The new ‘Communities Fund’ is designed to support projects aiming to develop local solutions in specific neighbourhoods, or across a greater area, or even across a local authority or service delivery boundaries.
Proposals are invited from local collaborations between local authorities and neighbourhood or community organisations to bid by 16 January. Bids should be for new projects or to extend an existing project into another area but not to prop up an existing approach.
The fund is being administered by DCLG, and all enquiries and application information can be found on the communities.gov.uk website.