Community Investment and our Neighbourhood Plan
Community investment refers to the money, time, skills and expertise we invest in developing and supporting the Blacon community. It goes beyond our core service provision and recognises that successful neighbourhoods depend on a complex balance of social, economic and environmental conditions.
Avenue Services has an annual budget for community investment which is set out in our business plan. It is an ambitious target which includes investment via our Neighbourhood Plan and also includes additional investment from any surplus generated, referred to as discretionary projects in our business plan. All the investment is used to fund projects and initiatives within the Blacon Ward.
Within this budget we provide a number of funding opportunities for individuals, groups and organisations. These range from smaller local projects via our Neighbourhood Plan to supporting larger initiatives through any surplus generated.
Our aim is to achieve value for money by using our investment to leverage in additional resources. This helps to make our money stretch even further and ensures that projects and programmes become sustainable in the long-term.