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Forest of Dean District Council asks local community for projects

Forest of Dean District Council is asking the local community to submit their ideas for consideration as part of the submission to Central Government for the Levelling Up Fund.

The council was announced earlier in the month as a Level one priority area as part of the new Government Levelling Up Fund which means the area is prioritised for up to £20million in funding for local projects covering either transport, regeneration or culture.

Forest of Dean District Council is working closely with the local MP, Councils and other partners to pull together an application for the first round of funding, which must be submitted by 18 June 2021.

To help develop the strongest possible bid, the council is asking the local community for any projects they feel could fit in as part of the bid, which could be centered around one project, or up to three related projects.

In order to be considered, any submitted projects must be:

  • of a significant size to warrant the multi-million pound fund
  • be able to start delivery by March 2022
  • fit with local priorities
  • demonstrate value for money

The Council has pulled together an 'expression of interest form' which will take anyone looking to submit a project through the requirements for consideration as part of the scheme.

With the tight timescales around the application process, the window for 'expressions of interest' from the local community will be open until 23 April. After the window closes the Council will consider the submissions before pulling together a final bid.

Peter Williams, head of paid service for Forest of Dean District Council, said: "Given the importance of this funding to the local community we want to extend the opportunity for the community to submit project ideas.

"The timelines are tight and I would like to thank people in advance for submitting their projects, and would encourage them to look at the criteria in the form carefully to make sure they are suitable for this funding."

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