People in Exeter with ideas to improve their area can bid for council money to turn their ideas into reality. Grants up to a maximum of £500 each are on offer to communities across the city and members of the public will decide who gets the money.
The funds are available as part of My Neighbourhood PACT, a pilot project in eight areas of the city to empower communities to bring about positive change.
The money could be spent on a community notice board, a coffee morning or other social event to bring residents together, or to provide a gardening club or drama group. What matters is addressing needs that have been identified and discussed with residents and groups from the local area.
In total £15,000 of council funds has been earmarked to give out in three rounds of community grants. Some £5,000 is on offer in this first round – in grants of up to £500 each.
Full details and application forms can be found on the My Neighbourhood PACT website. The closing date is Friday, April 23.
Applicants will be invited to attend a special Exeter Decides event on Thursday, May 20 in the Guildhall. They’ll be asked to make a short presentation to a panel and members of the public. It will then be up to Exeter residents to decide which proposals receive funding.