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These pages have been created to provide advice and information for communities. Here you'll find a variety of material to help grow your idea into a community project, including information about your community rights, local support available from Craven Local Action Teams and case studies of lots of interesting community projects.
You may have heard about the governments Localism agenda, which focuses on shifting power away from central government towards local people. This agenda is designed to give communities new rights and powers.
These web pages will give you further information about Localism and signpost you to further sources of information, you will also be able to find out about the four new community rights within the Localism Act and the new powers these have for communities. The community rights are:
The Council are keen to support local residents to become more actively involved in their communities and take advantage of the opportunities arising from Localism. To help assist communities and individuals make their ideas into community projects, the council has set up Local Action Teams (LAT's). The LAT's are small teams of local experts from the councils partner organisations who are able to meet with community groups on an as and when needed basis to assist developing your idea into a community project and can offer advice and support in a variety of areas including funding advice, business planning and volunteer expertise.
The most successful community projects often have high quality and meaningful community engagement at their heart. This ensures that their project meets the needs of their community and can often help you to attract funding for your project. Our Community Engagement Strategy and Toolkit can help you with ways of speaking to your community, You might also wish to consider a Community-Led Plan which can help your community to plan for its future.
A new funding programme for community projects
The links below signpost you to a variety of different resources that will help you to plan, promote and gather support for your project.
Do you have a good idea that will benefit your community?
Craven District Council
1 Belle Vue Square
Telephone: 01756 700 600
Fax: 01756 700 657