Through Round 1 of the Small Projects and Equipment Fund, £3.6 million supported 39 projects. I expect a similar number of projects to be successful through Round 2. The upper limit for the fund has been raised this round, with projects able to apply for up to £300,000 GLA grant - an increase of £100,000 compared to Round 1. This will help support estate improvements and upgrades of a larger scale.
The total funding available has also been increased this round, and the fund has been constructed to be flexible in its ability to support a wider range of project types – whether that be state-of-the-art equipment purchases, larger-scale refurbishments, or even full new-build proposals. We expect a strong blend of bids that span the full range of the fund parameters, from £25,000 to £300,000.