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Groups welcome nearly £700,000 of business support and community grants

Last updated: 23/5/2024

Groups, communities and businesses across Rushcliffe have welcomed an allocation of over £680,000 from UK Shared Prosperity (UKSPF) and Rural England Prosperity (REPF) funding, part of UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda, providing funding for local investment.

Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) has distributed part of its UKSPF allocation to ensure it is supporting a wide range of projects across the Borough and has announced 32 projects that will each receive between £5,000 and £40,000 to support the delivery of their project.

Applicants were invited to deliver projects that could enhance communities, places and support the growth of the economy in the Borough.

It includes improvements to town centres, local green spaces, arts, cultural, heritage and creative activities, sports facilities, teams and tournaments and the development and promotion of the visitor economy and growth of small businesses across Rushcliffe.

Following a thorough assessment and moderation process, RBC awarded 15 community grants totalling £369,535 and 17 businesses have been awarded grant funding amounting to £313,675.

RBC’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Business and Growth Cllr Abby Brennan said: “We are very pleased to be supporting exciting business and community projects that cover many parts of the Borough, through our UKSPF and REPF 2024/25 grant funds.

“From rural and urban business development to impactful community projects all across the Borough we know how these grants will help transform some projects for community groups, and businesses and help them reach existing goals or aspire to new ones to further propel parts of our communities and economy.

“I’m excited to see the impact these projects have including West Bridgford business Unique & Loved, who received support to redevelop their website to help drive more traffic to the business and engage more people in their community wellbeing workshops.

“In this round we’ve also supported Colston Bassett Village Hall with the installation of new solar panels to help reduce its running costs and support local events and activities. It’s also helping Rushcliffe meet its net zero targets with renewable energy.

“In addition the hall committee can now keep the venue affordable to users, in the face of rising fuel costs.”