Earlier this year, SEMLEP won a bid to provide a new Community Grants programme. This will see £1million of grants (between £10,000 and £20,000) distributed to local community groups who will work with residents facing disadvantages and help them progress into paid work, education or training by supporting them in different ways – depending on their individual needs. 

The programme is co-funded by both the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund. Through this, successful applicants can pay for 100% of their project costs. This means that they do not need to find any match-funding which is a recognised barrier in accessing funding among the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. 

There is eligibility criteria of course – this is public money. The programme is set up to meet the needs of priority areas and hard-to-reach communities.  To help grant applicants understand the priorities, the application process, and to set clear outputs to be achieved by the applicant project that meet funding eligibility, SEMLEP is working with Social Business Alliance based in Milton Keynes and Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire to provide information and direct assistance to potential applicants throughout the application process. We are also working closely with Beds CVS who also have a representative on the programme’s Grant Panel.   

Needless to say, we want to spread the word about this funding opportunity far and wide, and encourage organisations to apply for funding in the interests of supporting some of your local constituents who currently face disadvantages. 

We have successfully run two rounds of open funding. From this, we have already offered nearly £400,000 to 21 organisations and expect this to assist around 470 individuals with dedicated support.

The third round of funding is expected to open for applications on the 9th of September. To support this third round,  we have two information workshops currently planned for mid-September. The events will provide prospective applicants with detailed information on the funding, the application process and the support available.

Northampton: Tue 17 September, 09:45 – 12:00, Old Northamptonians, NN1 5RX:

Milton Keynes: Thu, 19 September, 09:30 – 12:30, Woughton Community Council Hub, MK6 5EG:

We are looking for venues in and around Bedfordshire for other events if there is sufficient interest. Please let us know if your area would be interested in hosting an event.

We ask for you to share the information about the workshops and encourage the local VCSE organisations you work with to get in touch. More detail can be read here:

18:19, Sunday by Lynne Simons

Dear Colleagues,

I thought your Town/Parish Council may be interested in the link to the Festival of Remembrance taking place at Bedford Corn Exchange on Saturday, 2 November.

18:05, Sunday by Lynne Simons

Please see attached for the latest update on the A421 roadworks.

17:58, Sunday by Lynne Simons

Mazars have completed the audit of the Councils Financial records for the period April 2018 to March 2019 with no findings.

The Notice of Conclusion of the Audit can be found by clicking here, and a copy of the Audited Annual Governance and Accountability Return can be found by clicking here.

17:57, 15 Aug 2019 by Lynne Simons

The agenda for the Planning meeting on the 19th August is available to view here.

18:39, 14 Aug 2019 by Lynne Simons


AGPC have been sent the following communication from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner:

Please find attached a link to Kathryn Holloway PCC Annual Survey 2019.

This is an opportunity for Bedfordshire residents and businesses to have a voice on the policing priorities that matter to you.

Kathryn Holloway Annual Survey 2019

The closing date will be Monday 26th August 2019 and we welcome all your views and comments.

We would appreciate it if you could pass this on to other residents or businesses within Bedfordshire or post it to your website, Facebook page and Twitter accounts.

We apologise if you receive this email multiple times, however, we are using several different media means to distribute it.

If you have any technical issues then please do contact us directly via this email address:  


Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

12:32, 12 Aug 2019 by Lynne Simons

The minutes are now available to view for the full council meeting from the 1st July 2019. Click here.

10:23, 06 Aug 2019 by Lynne Simons

Following a long wait our two new benches have now been delivered to our contractor.Smile

They will be removing the old benches outside St Boltophs and at the junction of The Mount/West Hill on Thursday 8th August, then installing the new ones the following week, once the cement has dried fully.

I will keep you posted.

09:56, 05 Aug 2019 by Lynne Simons

A Councillor vacancy has arisen, please see notice attached

12:25, 01 Aug 2019 by Lynne Simons

We have been notified by CBC that the level crossing on Salford Road will be closed for the annual inspection from 2300 Saturday 26th October to 0430 Monday 28th October. See notice attached.

08:20, 01 Aug 2019 by Lynne Simons

The agenda for the Full Council meeting on the 5th August is now available to view by clicking here.

19:09, 31 Jul 2019 by Lynne Simons


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