20th Jul, 2019

Solihull community groups can benefit from £200k funding pot

Editorial Correspondent 10th Jul, 2019 Updated: 10th Jul, 2019

SOLIHULL borough community groups are set to benefit from nearly £200,000 in funding raised from new developments.

Solihull Council is urging groups in seven wards to bid for funding for capital projects in their local area.

Bids for these funds must be submitted by Friday, August 16.

The funding has come from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

The measure was introduced in 2010 and gives councils powers to makes developers pay them a sum to invest in new services.

The wards where funding is available are Dorridge and Hockley Heath, Knowle, Olton, Shirley East, Shirley South, Shirley West and Sillhill.

Cabinet member for stronger communities Councillor Alison Rolf said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local groups and organisations to get funds to invest in capital projects that will benefit their local community.

“I urge those community groups in the seven wards to think about the bids they can submit and to get them in before August 16.

“For those living in one of our parish or town council areas, the CIL funds are distributed to directly those organisations, so if you have an idea contact your local parish or town council.”

Funds from developers are either placed into ‘ward pots’, which will now be open to ‘bids’ or distributed directly to the 13 parish and town councils in the borough.

Currently each of the wards has the following funds available:

– Dorridge and Hockley Heath: £26,835

– Knowle: £10,993

– Olton: £18,484

– Shirley East: £54,276

– Shirley South: £24,817

– Shirley West: £21,276

– Sillhill: £47,344

Bids will be assessed by council officers against a set of criteria agreed at cabinet held on September 24 and a final decision will be taken by the cabinet member.

For further information about eligibility go to: www.solihull.gov.uk/cil

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