Tendring’s Big Society Fund has helped to generate more than £1.6 million for groups and organisations.

The £355,797 awarded so far has brought in a further £1.26 million in match-funding for 25 projects which successfully bid for cash.

Awards have ranged from £240 right up to £52,000 since the fund was first launched in 2011.

There is still £287,203 to be allocated out of a total pot of £643,000.

But with applications for the money slowing up, Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Cabinet has agreed to make significant changes to the way the fund is operated.

At its meeting on Friday it was decided there will be an increase in members on the Portfolio Holder Working Party that will assess and determine future applications.

The working party will include a representative from Tendring District Association of Local Councils; Community Voluntary Services Tendring and Tendring Education Trust for the first time.

Each political Group Leader on the Council will be invited to nominate a representative from their group to sit on the working party.

Also it has been agreed that applications no longer have to demonstrate a direct cost saving to TDC.

A total of 168 applications have been received of which 24 have been successful over the period of the fund.

TDC Leader Mick Page said that he believes the changes will lead to more applications coming forward.

“I am pleased that we will have the voluntary sector represented on the working party,” he said.

“I also think that it will be beneficial to remove the condition that there has to be a saving to the Council as many were finding this very difficult to meet.”

Tendring’s Big Society Fund currently requires projects to help with the Council’s priorities to address education, aspiration and skills amongst young people to help more people to take up sporting activities and physical activity.

Alan Goggin, Chairman of Tendring’s Big Society Fund added: “All applications going forward still need to be good applications which will benefit our communities.”

Visit the Big Society Fund page for more information.

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