Councillor Priority Fund boosts community projects across Oxfordshire

(Published on 27/03/2019)

Projects making a big difference across local communities have received a cash boost from Oxfordshire county councillors.

Everything from community centres and community buses to community fridges have been supported as part of the Councillor Priority Fund.

In February last year, the county council agreed to set aside £945,000 in 2018/19 and 2019/20 for the fund, with charities, groups and organisations invited to apply for support.

It’s all part of the council’s commitment to thriving communities, with councillors best placed to identify local projects that would enable residents to play an active role in their community.

Councillors have £15,000 to spend in the first year, which could be rolled over into the second year when they are given the same amount again.

So far, £513,000 of the £945,000 has been spent, with some councillors indicating they would roll their 2018/19 funding into 2019/20.

Cllr Mark Gray, Cabinet Member for Local Communities, said “I’m really delighted with this priority fund because it gives councillors the opportunity to support things that really make a difference in their own division.”

Other schemes supported by the Councillor Priority Fund include traffic safety measures, war memorial projects, first-aid training, playground equipment and the installation of defibrillators.