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‘Beaconsfield Decides’ launched with a £10,000 pot of council money for local schemes and projects in Beaconsfield

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Buckinghamshire County Council has launched ‘Beaconsfield Decides’, an initiative where local people vote for the project they think deserves the biggest slice of a £10,000 pot of council money.

The County Council now wants people who run local schemes or projects that benefit the Beaconsfield community to put them forward to Beaconsfield Decides. It could be anything so long as it benefits local people – a project to reach the vulnerable and isolated, a cultural organisation with a community benefit, a youth scheme or maybe something else.

The projects will then be whittled down to a shortlist of four finalists, at which point local people will vote for their favourite and the scheme with the most votes will get the largest portion of the £10,000.

Beaconsfield Decides is being run by the Beaconsfield Forum – set up by Buckinghamshire County Council. There are 19 Local Area Forums across the county which to allow local people to directly input on local priorities and how money is spent in their area.

Projects will need show how they foster community spirit in Beaconsfield and also how they will meet at least one of the County Council’s priorities which are:

  • Safeguarding our vulnerable.
  • Creating Opportunities and Building Self Reliance.
  • Ensuring Buckinghamshire is Thriving and Attractive.

Further information about these priorities can be found at www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/council-and-democracy/our-plans/our-strategic-plan/.

Cllr Anita Cranmer, chair of the Beaconsfield Forum, said: ‘This is an ideal chance for a local project to get an injection of cash that could really help bring an idea to life, or take an existing scheme to the next level. I know there are a lot of really brilliant community projects in the town so I urge you to put an application in if what you are doing is helping local people.

I’m looking forward to seeing what schemes come forward and I’d really love to particularly hear from people who may not have had much contact with the council or the Beaconsfield Forum before. We are always really keen to hear from and support local groups in any way we can.
So do spread the word about Beaconsfield Decides and contact the team if you have any questions or queries.

Anyone wishing to submit a project can find out more at www.beaconsfielddecides.com.

The closing date for applications is Friday 30th November 2018. The four finalists will be announced in February 2018 after which local people will then vote for their favourite.

The £10,000 put of money will be split between the four winning projects. The project with the most votes will get £5,000, the runner up £2,500, third place £1,500 and fourth place £1,000.

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