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Time running out for villages to secure vital funding to reverse rural decline

Rural communities have just under one month to apply to the Big Lottery Fund’s Village SOS scheme for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000. The deadline for applications is 12 September, 2012.

Village SOS will fund rural communities who want to set up new social enterprises. It will also fund those who seek to expand or develop their existing rural community enterprises to provide even better facilities, services and opportunities for local people.

Village SOS has already supported many shops, cafes, pubs, transport schemes, community broadband and energy projects, set up by locals who worked together to breathe new life into where they live. Applications are welcomed from communities with populations of fewer than 3,000 people and must reach Village SOS by 2pm on 12 September. No community is too small.

The Village SOS programme is supported by leaders in the rural enterprise sector including the Plunkett Foundation and Co-operatives UK.

To apply or for more information about community enterprises, please visit


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