Community Fund puts up extra £10m for rural schemes

The Community Fund is pumping an extra £10 million into disadvantaged rural communities over the next five years.

The areas - known as Countryside Communities - that will benefit are King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Fenland and North Norfolk, Boston and West Lindsey, Shepway and Dover, and Sedgemoor.

Charities will be able to visit a series of regional roadshows that are being held to promote the fund.

This initiative is in addition to the ongoing fair share scheme, which targets 77 deprived areas and is run in co-operation with another lottery distributor, the New Opportunities Fund.

Between them, the two funds set aside £16.2 million for rural areas.

The Community Fund's chair Diana Brittan cited a village playgroup, a rural dial-a-ride service and keep-fit sessions for the elderly or a village hall as suitable ideas for funding.

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