Milton Keynes Council has created a new fund called the MK 2050 Community Capacity Fund, with Milton Keynes Community Foundation, to support the important work made by voluntary and community groups in Milton Keynes.
£150,000 will be allocated for the fund’s first year, and £50,000 for each year to follow. The Milton Keynes Community Foundation will be responsible for sharing the money with voluntary and community groups.
Milton Keynes Council already supports a number of voluntary and community groups through a mixture of one-off funding for specific events, ongoing support, and special funding for groups at risk of closure. The MK 2050 Community Capacity Fund will aim to bring funding into one stream so every application can be considered using the same criteria.
Groups can to apply from May 2019, and the fund will particularly look to support groups that fit with the Council’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy, and that promote accessibility and reduce exclusion.
Cllr Moriah Priestly, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Community Partnerships said: “Despite the financial challenges faced by the council, we have a strong commitment to supporting our amazing local voluntary and community sector. There’s some fantastic work done at a grassroots level, and we want to help groups flourish. For many this means using practical council support as they rewire their own funding models, becoming more resilient and sustainable.”
Ian Revell, CEO of MK Community Foundation said: “We are really pleased to be working in partnership with MK Council to secure this funding for the sector. The new fund will support the many small community organisations that deliver fantastic weekly clubs and activities to thousands of people each year. It was great to have worked closely with the Scouts and Girl Guides and many other community groups to agree on the scope of this fund. Great partnership working!”
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