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Changes to Enfield Residents’ Priority Fund

Published Monday, 08 September 2014

Enfield Council’s popular Enfield Residents Priority Fund (ERPF) has returned for 2014/15, but all applicants need to be aware that the rules for funding have changed.

The fund, worth £700,000, aims to improve the quality of life in Enfield by funding projects devised by voluntary and community groups for the benefit of the community, and the following criteria have to be met for a successful application:

• No single application may exceed £5,000
•        Applications covering more than one ward will be considered provided that the amount from each ward does not exceed £5,000
•        Organisations may only submit one application in a ward during the year
•        Proposals that provide volunteering or training opportunities are encouraged
•        Proposals must not duplicate existing Council / Voluntary and Community Sector provision

Since it began in 2011/12 the Enfield Residents’ Priority Fund has delivered nearly 600 projects which have been developed by local residents working with their ward councillors that have contributed to reducing deprivation and improving local neighbourhoods.

Cllr Yasemin Brett, Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Organisations, said: “The Enfield Residents’ Priority Fund remains a hugely popular initiative. Since 2011 nearly 600 projects worth £5.6m have been developed and delivered by residents and groups working with their local ward councillors.

“We are keen that the ERPF continues from strength to strength so once again we putting a call out to any local people would like to make a bid to the fund to find out more and apply.”

Successful projects funded by the ERPF include sports coaching, music training, arts activities, guided walks, skills and employment training, and measures to reduce crime.

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