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Community groups in Lichfield and Burntwood urged to apply for funding

Community groups in Lichfield and Burntwood are being reminded to apply for a share of funding provided by Staffordshire County Council.

The Local Community Fund – which sees county councillors allocate £10,000 each to projects and initiatives – handed out more than £620,000 to 640 schemes across the region.

Among the beneficiaries was Shenstone Library, where money was received for equipment and furniture for a young people’s drop in area.

Cllr Pat Corfield, cabinet member for culture, communities and customers oversees the fund. He said: “The Staffordshire Local Community Fund has been running since 2009 and is a very successful scheme, supporting hundreds of the county’s community projects.

“The scheme allows individual councillors to fund projects in their division. One of the main advantages of the scheme is the fact that the funding is allocated by individuals who know the area very well and the issues affecting the residents. They are therefore well place to target the funding at the most needy causes.”

The next round of funding from the Staffordshire Local Community Fund starts on April 1 and will be accepting applications from community groups and projects. Anyone interested in applying should contact their local county councillor to discuss their project. Full details on the scheme and the application form can be found online.

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