Cash boost for county projects

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More than 40 new projects across the county have been awarded funding from Lancashire County Counci.

The grants, adding up to more than £159,000, have been made from the first round of bids to its Local Initiative Fund scheme.

A wide range of different activities have been funded including sessions for young people who are not in education, employment or training; creative arts and music events, sports and family activities.

The scheme supports organisations from the voluntary, community and faith sector.

The Local Initiative Fund scheme provides grants from £1,000 to £5,000 to fund activities which support three of the county council’s priorities: Improved outcomes for families; skills and employment initiatives and activities for young people.

County Coun David Borrow, deputy leader of the county council and chairman of the Cabinet Working Group for the Third Sector, said: “We’re proud to support the voluntary, community and faith sector in delivering key services to our local communities.

“There’s still money available in some districts. We’re currently finalising the next bidding round for those areas so that the money can be used to help provide exciting and interesting activities across Lancashire.”

Lancashire County Council provides three grants schemes specifically aimed at voluntary, community and faith groups.

The county council also offers grants for young people’s organisations through the young people’s service and other streams.

Organisations interested in grants can visit www.lancashire.gov.uk