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Housing group pours £1.5m into local communities

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Finance, Housing

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Lancashire-based social landlord Progress Housing Group has made a £1.5 million fund available to communities in South Ribble and Fylde.

Progress's community investment fund offers tenants and community groups the opportunity to put forward their ideas for improving the areas in which they live.

Interested parties can bid for funding from the £1.5m pot. A customer panel, made up of tenants, evaluates each submission on its long-term benefits for a whole community and decides which will be brought to life.

Jacqui De-Rose, Progress's group chief executive, said: “As a local housing provider, we’ve always invested in improving homes and communities. Our Community Investment Fund helps us support others to contribute to creating better places to live.

“We want to help residents feel proud of their communities and are always looking for new ways to involve people in building happier and stronger neighbourhoods.

“We’re keen to make sure all the projects we support will make a difference to the wider community and make the biggest impact. This is an important factor in deciding which ideas we will fund.”

The fund was officially launched in 2009 when Lytham-based New Fylde Housing joined the housing group. So far it has awarded almost £500,000 to community groups and projects, benefitting over 1,000 residents across South Ribble, Chorley, Preston and the Fylde Coast.

Pictured: The Base community centre in Leyland, which benefited from the community investment fund.

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