Apply for funding to support community projects

13 January 2021

Funding is available for projects that will make a difference to the Blacon community and the lives of local residents.

Avenue Services’ Neighbourhood Plan fund invites applications from groups and organisations who would benefit from some financial support to deliver initiatives and activities.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available and individuals, community and resident groups, schools, registered charities, social enterprises and local businesses are all encouraged to apply.

Projects must benefit Blacon and successful applications will fit one or more of Avenue Services’ priorities for the fund:

• Building connections and reducing isolation
• Sustainable lifestyles and greener living
• Growing neighbourhood pride and community safety
• Helping residents better manage their money
• Increasing skills and employability

Avenue Services is also keen to hear from groups and individuals who are supporting residents during the pandemic or helping to respond to the challenges of Covid-19.

Paul Knight, Head of Avenue Services, said: “Community projects are more important than ever, and we know that a lot of incredible work is being delivered here in Blacon.

“Like many organisations, our budgets have been reduced by the financial impact of the pandemic. However, we’re keen to hear from anyone who can help make a positive difference for our residents and will do our utmost to support as many projects as we can during these challenging times.”

Examples of projects that have previously received funding include financial wellbeing support delivered by Pennysmart Community Interest Company and a free counselling service for low-income families in Blacon provided by local charity Platform for Life.

Further details about the Neighbourhood Plan Fund and how to apply are available here and applications should be submitted by 25 January 2021.

For more information, or support with making an application, please email

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