The government has announced that community groups across the UK can bid for ‘levelling up’ funding to take back control of pubs, music venues, sports facilities, and historic buildings for the benefit of the public.
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Groups can bid for a share of the government’s £150 million Community Ownership Fund to rescue cultural buildings in their area that could otherwise be lost forever, as the second round of funding is open.
The first round of funding has already helped local people transform their communities into a more desirable place to live, work and visit, supporting 39 projects across the UK.
Changes to the fund announced at the end of May will ensure it is more inclusive and flexible, so that “more communities can benefit and more local economies are supported”, says the government.