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Selby missing out on Village SOS scheme


12:01am 7th May 2012

If you live in a village of less than 3,000 people, there's a pot of cash you can access.

The Village SOS scheme, funded by the Big Lottery, is open for applications.

Village communities can apply for grants of £10,000 to £50,000.

Villages across North, East West and South Yorkshire are actively putting together bids. However none of the applicable villages in Selby district has yet to register with Village SOS.

This is an opportunity to secure funding that can make a real difference to your community, the grant can pay for some or all your costs for the first year of your enterprise, fund building work.

There is ongoing support, including expert advice and events, to help community led business ventures get off the ground, breathe new life into their areas, create new jobs and improve the quality of life of local people. It can seem a daunting step to take but support is at hand.

Cllr Chris Metcalfe, Selby District Council's Lead Executive Member for Communities, said:

"Village SOS is an ideal opportunity for our communities to take the first step in helping themselves to re kindle the community spirit of old.

"Selby District Council's' Community Engagement Forums are a good starting point for this type of community activity.

"The villages of Selby are bursting with ideas, so Village SOS and the CEFforum's can assist in making your ideas a reality."

Steve Shaw-Wright Sustainability Officer at Selby AVS added:

"Selby AVS are here to help local communities, including Parish Councils develop ideas that can make a real difference to their communities.

"Village SOS is possibly the catalyst for change within the smaller communities in Selby district, as it's a grant scheme tailored for smaller communities, the very communities that make up most of Selby district.

"Linked with the CEF's community engagement forums this could provide a winning combination"

For more details go to: www.villagesos.org.uk

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