Community groups invited to bid for share of £17,500 pot

County councillor Brian Roberts
County councillor Brian Roberts

Groups across Aylesbury are being invited to bid for their share of £17,500.

Up to eight community projects will be put to a residents vote later in the spring as part of this year’s Choose 4 Greater Aylesbury poll.

Bucks County Council’s Greater Aylesbury Local Area Forum (LAF) is looking for community projects that support one or more of their priorities: providing activities and facilities for young people over 11, encouraging all ages to volunteer to help their community, reducing social isolation, supporting carers, and improving the environment and public health.

The top eight will be showcased at a public launch on March 30, and feature on voting papers for residents to rank in order of their preference, as they vie for a share of the money.

The three projects winning the most votes will each receive £4,000, while residents’ fourth and fifth choices will get £2,000 each with the remaining three winning equal shares of £1,500.

County councillor Brian Roberts, who chairs the LAF, said the Choose 4 Greater Aylesbury poll had worked well in the previous three years, and was gathering a pleasing momentum as more than 3,000 people voted in 2014.

Cllr Roberts said: “This is a golden opportunity for worthwhile local projects to win extra funds to benefit the community and encouraging people to vote for their preferences means our residents really do have a say in how their money is spent.”

Last year Aylesbury Youth Action, Let’s Play Together and Aylesbury Homeless Action Group’s Winter Warmth project, each received £4,000.

Community Carnival, I Have a Voice Too, and SPACE each got £1,500, while Community Unit Projects and MASK shared £1,000.

Projects covering the parishes of Aylesbury town, Bierton with Broughton, Buckingham Park, Coldharbour, Hulcott, Quarrendon, Stoke Mandeville, Watermead and Weedon are eligible.

Bids for this year should be made to the locality services team at locality-services@buckscc.gov.uk by February 23.