Get a slice of the community cash cake

PUBLISHED: 16:49 22 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:32 10 June 2010

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22: EXMOUTH residents of all ages get the chance to choose how £20,000 gets spent with the launch of the new Neighbourhoods Project Fund. The public will soon be able to decide by ballot which organisations, individuals, clubs, societies or projects re

EXMOUTH residents of all ages get the chance to choose how £20,000 gets spent - with the launch of the new Neighbourhoods Project Fund. The public will soon be able to decide - by ballot - which organisations, individuals, clubs, societies or projects receive the cash. The brainchild of Exmouth Deputy Mayor Darryl Nicholas, the scheme aims to encourage people to take responsibility and pride in their neighbourhoods. "We want to tap into the pride people have in the town and help them to work with the town council to make things even better," he said. "This should help to raise the appearance and quality of the environment in all parts of the town and help to strengthen the sense of community which people feel."The town council has committed £20,000 for which electors or organisations in each of the five wards can apply - £4,000 per ward. He added: "This is about building communities and giving residents control over projects and initiatives that will make a real difference to their streets and neighbourhoods."Councillor Sandy Sutton, chairman of the council's finance committee, said: "It is a new initiative. The challenge is for people to make it a great success which can be improved upon in future."Anyone interested in bidding for money should ask the town clerk for an application form and guidance notes. The application form is also available on www.exmouth.gov.uk. Community groups, organisations, local charities and groups or individual Exmouth electors are eligible. The closing date for applications is September 30. A panel of councillors will then consider the schemes and those selected will be published in the Journal. Full details on how to vote for the schemes will be released once the shortlists have been completed.

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