Islanders Will Decide Who Gets Up To £4m In Grants

economic development eco dev signThere could be more potential project funding for businesses and community groups in Scilly through a new Local Action Group.

The Council is still waiting for details of the final funding settlement from Europe and the Local Enterprise Partnership but Manager Sarah Taylor is encouraging people to attend a drop in session next week to find out they they can get involved.

81 projects were funded over the last 5-year programme and Sarah says there’ll be at least £1m for businesses and community groups, with potentially up to £4m available in total.

Sarah says the initial focus will be on development of the rural economy, through projects that develop areas such as tourism, the environment and improving resilience.

LAG is now recruiting islanders who’ll help decide which projects and schemes receive funding. Sarah says some locals who volunteered last time feel that they’ve already given five years of their time and want to step aside for a new committee and Chairman.

The only requirement is that you’re either in business in Scilly or a member of a community group. Sarah has approached some prominent organisations, such as the Council, Wildlife Trust and Duchy, as well as individual islanders to see whether they’d like to stand.

She’s keen to get enough volunteers to allow a ‘rolling’ membership of the awarding committee, with opportunities for a wide spectrum of islanders to evaluate the grants.

A drop-in session is being held for anyone interested at the Old Wesleyan Chapel a week on Friday, the 25th July or you can contact Sarah Taylor on 424801 for more information.

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