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£1m per year community fund proposed

03 January 2020

A £1m per year fund to boost community schemes is being considered by the County Council.

Known as the social infrastructure fund, it could provide grants of between £100,000 and £500,000, to groups wishing to invest in new community facilities.

Council leader, Councillor Andrew Proctor, said: “Each year, we receive requests to fund community buildings and facilities.

“I’m keen to strengthen our communities, by launching an annual fund, with clear rules, that groups can bid to.”

Examples of previous community schemes supported by the county council include a £500,000 investment in community sports facilities through the Community Sports Foundation at The Nest and £500,000 for EACH’s palliative care centre for children, in Framingham Earl.

The proposed fund is contained in next year’s draft £282 million capital budget, which is supported by Government grants (£124m) and borrowing (£157m). This pays for investment in property and equipment, including schools, extra care schemes and roads. The total proposed capital spend for 2020-2023 is £536m.

As well as the social infrastructure fund, other highlights in the proposed capital budget include:

  • £39.2m for adult social care, including Living Well extra care housing
  • £172m for children’s services, including new special educational needs schools
  • £171m for highways schemes, including the Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing and A47 improvements (dualling of the Acle straight and from Tilney to East Winch)

The report will be considered when cabinet meets at 10am on Monday 13 January. The meeting will be webcast live via YouTube and a recording available on the same channel afterwards.

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