Have you got a school, charity or community group near the Black Cat roundabout? You might get a slice of £2m fund

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Have you got a not-for-profit or community group near the Black Cat roundabout?

If so, National Highways wants to hear from you as it has unveiled a £2 million initiative. It’s aimed at leaving a lasting positive legacy in the region and maximise the benefits of the upcoming A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet improvements.

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The not-for-profit groups can include schools, charities, community groups and environment and heritage groups.

The Black Cat roundaboutThe Black Cat roundabout
The Black Cat roundabout

Two funds available for applicants are:

A £1.7 million social value fund to maximise the wider benefits of the scheme available for all not-for-profit organisations – grants between £15,000 and £200,000.

A £250,000 community fund to support the local community and provide social value available for non-for-profit groups or small voluntary and community organisations – grants of up to £15,000

Paul Salmon, National Highways senior project manager, said: “We’re committed to helping local communities make the most of our investment. The A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet improvements is a transformational project that will improve journeys and give the region a huge boost. We’re also committed to looking beyond the road network and bring lasting benefits to the local community by investing in projects that mean the most to them.”

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This is the first of five funding windows and applications are open until February 1.

The A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet improvements – which will include a new 10-mile dual carriageway – are set to start before the end of the year and will open to traffic in 2027.    

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