Encore for Exeter Decides as community groups vie for funding
People in Exeter are to get another chance to decide which promising community projects will receive financial backing.
Following a successful premier in May, Exeter City Council will be running its second Exeter Decides event on Saturday, July 17. Members of the public will be able to vote for the community projects of their choice at the event which is being held at the Guildhall from 10am.
The first round saw impressive and creative presentations by a number of resident groups trying to persuade the audience to vote in their favour. Grant winning community projects included a group organising a family food and allotment day and another setting up a community notice board.
Among the applications this time are: a rock music school; proposed improvements to community centres; football for girls; drama and singing groups; pantomime; and green homes and environmental activities.
With a total of 17 groups, all applicants have three minutes to present their projects, followed by questions and comments by a panel made up of representatives from local organisations.
The public will have the final decision on how to distribute the My Neighbourhood grants, which total £ 5,000 this time around.
Exeter Decides funding is aimed at benefitting people and communities in Exeter. Applications for funding should address needs that have been identified and discussed with residents and groups from the local area. The maximum grant available for each individual group is £500.
Tickets are available for members of the public to join the event and vote for their favourite groups. Contact Dawn Rivers, on 01392 265531 or firstname.lastname@example.org to apply for a ticket.
(Image: Exeter Decides – Cllr Laura Newton (right) and Dawn Rivers, Community Involvement Officer)