Gloucestershire County Council’s Building Back Better (BBB) Strategy 2022-26 outlines an ambition to ‘level up’.
By working with communities across the county we will:
regenerate high streets, market towns and neighbourhoods;
improve infrastructure, jobs, skills, and education provision; and
help residents to achieve their ambitions for the places they live.
To begin this work, the Levelling Up our Communities conference took place on 19 May 2022. At the end of the conference, the Leader of the Council, Mark Hawthorne, announced that £1.5 million would be made available for the purpose of levelling up.
Cabinet agreed that these funds would be used to create a flexible community grants scheme. This scheme will target the 12 areas of Gloucestershire that fall into the 10% ‘most deprived’ in England according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD, 2019), and involve the engagement of the County Councillors.
Eligible organisations can apply for up to £150,000.