Community groups, organisations and businesses can now bid for a share of the £10 million Levenmouth Reconnected Programme (LRP) Fund.
Levenmouth Reconnected links a range of local initiatives, including the reintroduction of the Leven rail link and Leven Programme, to maximise the economic regeneration and social benefits to Levenmouth.
Five projects were able to benefit to the tune of more than £1.6 million during the LRP Fund’s initial round of large grant funding, and we’re now once again accepting grant applications for eligible large-scale projects in Levenmouth that can fulfil our required funding criteria.
We’re initially looking for expressions of interests from individuals, community groups, businesses, public organisations, partnerships, social enterprises, charities and/or community interest companies who have projects in mind and think they could put LRP funding to great use.
People have until November 30 to submit these expressions of interest, although any project that has already submitted an expression of interest does not need to submit another one unless they wish to change the project’s scope significantly.
The formal application process will then open on December 1, with the deadline for submission falling on January 31, 2023.
Applications will be processed during February and a decision on those projects recommended for funding will be made in the Spring.
Phil Clarke, Levenmouth Reconnected Programme Manager, said: “The LRP is backed by £5 million funding from Fife Council and £5 million from Transport Scotland, and it really complements the huge investment being made across Levenmouth in the rail link, active travel routes and other associated initiatives.
“We’ve already seen a number of worthwhile projects benefit from LRP funding thus far, and we can’t wait to see what else can be achieved.
“This is a great opportunity for people to play a real part in the economic and social regeneration of their local area, and I encourage any groups of organisations interested to act now and apply.
“Together we can create a sustainable legacy for Levenmouth.”
Funding for projects up to £5 million can be applied for, however, the Levenmouth Reconnected Programme will only fund projects to a maximum of 75% of total eligible project costs.
This figure can be reviewed by the Levenmouth Reconnected Working Group and may be increased or decreased throughout the duration of the programme.
Should a project apply for 75% of the project costs, the Working Group Assessment Panel can decide to lower the rate if they feel that the project doesn’t fully meet the themes, priorities or objectives of the fund.
Full details and how to apply for funding can be accessed here.