Gloucestershire’s £1.5mil Levelling Up Together Grant now ready for applications
Gloucestershire County Council has launched its Levelling Up Together grant scheme with £1.5million committed to supporting the ten areas of the county that need it most.
At the levelling Up conference in May this year, the county council committed £1.5million to support the ten areas in Gloucestershire that are in the bottom 10% most deprived nationally.
This funding will support communities to deliver the initiatives that will be most effective for them and their area. We want to see improved opportunities of children and adults in these areas as well as improved wellbeing, skills and employability.
A wide range of community groups and organisations working in these ten areas are eligible to apply:
• Podsmead (Gloucester)
• Tuffley (Gloucester)
• Barton & Tredworth (Gloucester)
• Matson & Robinswood (Gloucester)
• Moreland (Gloucester)
• Kingsholm & Wotton (Gloucester)
• Westgate (Gloucester)
• Mark's (Cheltenham)
• Paul's (Cheltenham)
• Cinderford (Forest of Dean)
Please share this information with residents:
Come along to a virtual session to ask any questions about the scheme, or discuss your application, with the Levelling Up Together team:
• Tuesday 1 November 1pm – 2pm, via MS Teams
To join the session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the details.
About the scheme
Levelling Up Together differs to existing grant schemes such as the Build Back Better – Councillor scheme. The Levelling Up Together grant scheme is time-limited and closes to applications at midnight on Sunday 27 November, and all bids will be assessed by decision makers soon after (in line with a standardised scoring matrix), with all applicants being notified of the outcome of their bid by the end of January 2023.
While there is an upper limit on how much each application can request (£150,000), there is no set amount of money allocated per area or per county councillor. However, the Levelling Up Team requests that prospective applicants engage with their county councillor to discuss, and request support for, their application and evidence this in their application form.
This funding is building on the success of other initiatives to Level Up Gloucestershire. In 2021, the council secured funding approaching £13m from the Government’s Levelling Up fund, which is helping to deliver significant transport improvements in the heart of the county. Also in October last year, as part of its ongoing support for communities right across Gloucestershire, the council evenly allocated more than £2million amongst its 53 county councillors, giving each £40,000 to spend in their area. A further £500k was also committed, through the Build Back Better – Market Towns fund, to support events across the county, helping to boost the economy of the county’s market towns and high streets.
Find out more about Levelling Up Together grant: