Community projects have until midnight on Friday to apply for a share of the £15,000 prize won by Crickhowell in the Great British High Street competition.
They have to submit a proposal and rough costing to Corn Exchange Crickhowell Ltd, who entered the competition on behalf of the town. They also have to secure at least 100 votes to demonstrate public support for their project. Groups have been posting petitions online and in local shops.
The organisers have praised the response of local people. Tim Jones, who ran Crickhowell’s successful Great British High Street bid, said: “It is fantastic to see so many brilliant ideas coming forward. We are expecting applications from all sections of society, including people who have never run a community project before.”
“It is obvious that we will receive more applications than we have money for. We will be suggesting alternative sources of funding and we recommend that applicants look for some, too. They have done the hard part: they have come up with the ideas, done the research and garnered public support. Even if they don’t get the money from us, there are lots of other pots of money for community projects and they should not give up on turning their ideas into reality,” Tim said.
Applications to the High Street Fund must meet similar criteria to the original competition: improving the community, environment, customer experience and/or use digital innovation to support the town. The organisers also want schemes which will have a lasting impact on the town.
After achieving 100 votes, applications will be judged against this score sheet.