£115,000 allocated for parish projects to support local communities

Commemorative seats, community swimming pool renovation and new outdoor fitness and play equipment are among the parish projects that will receive funding contributions from the Council next year.

The Council's Executive approved grants for 40 projects from 21 parish councils across the borough. More than £115,000 will be allocated for a range of improvements schemes.

Cllr Nigel Manning, Lead Councillor for Finance and Asset Management, says: "Each year we welcome bids from parishes to support projects that improve the quality of life for local residents. We are delighted to help fund these important community ventures. This year to assist smaller projects, we lowered the threshold for applications from £500 to £200 and received an unprecedented number of requests. As well as our allocated budget of £90,000 for parish projects, we topped up the funding by an extra £25,000 with the Parish Council Urgent Schemes Reserves."

Parishes can apply for a maximum of 50%* grant aid towards projects and they have two years to complete the work. The funding is subject to final approval when the Council's budget is set in February 2019. We agree the grants now to help parish councils to finalise their budgets for the 2019/20 financial year.

Project grants contributions towards include:

  • replacement play equipment in Worplesdon

  • new adventure playground in Puttenham

  • replacement bus shelter in East Horsley

  • extended car park in West Clandon

  • play equipment for Carrington Recreation Ground in Ash

  • CCTV for Manor Fruit Farm in Normandy

  • landscaping and new goal posts for sports pitches in Seale and Sands

The total grant aid we awarded to parish councils for 2019-20 is £115,168.

*The percentage is lower for any schemes over £10,000.

Published on Thursday 29 November.