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More funding available to help communities recover from pandemic


The second round of funding from the county council’s Build Back Better – Market Towns fund, to help our communities put on events as part of the county’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, has been made available.


The fund was initially launched in the summer, inviting bids from parish and town councils, as well as voluntary and community organisations, and a pot of £500,000 was set aside. In total 45 bids for funding were supported, ranging from £1,000 to £25,000, and £385,386 was allocated.


The second round of funding is now open and aims to distribute the rest of the money available – nearly £115,000. Bids from community events that were unsuccessful in the first phase of funding can reapply, but new bids are also welcome. The fund aims to boost the economy of the county’s market towns and high streets and events can include spring shows, summer fetes, vintage car shows, music festivals or farmers’ markets. All allocated funding must be used by 31 August 2022.


Completed applications must be received by 5pm on 17 December 2021 and applicants will be informed of the outcome on 17 January 2022.

For more information on the fund and to apply, see

To read the full press release, see

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