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URGENT ACTION REQUIRED BY RURAL CTOs!

Hundreds of rural charities are being urged to apply to a £25m fund for new minibuses before time runs out.  Vital community groups from across the country can receive additional support from the fund, which will provide new vehicles to community transport operators in rural & isolated areas.  The scheme will support voluntary organisations as they provide services for people in rural communities with limited transport choices - but applications need to be made by 15 January 2015.

The new fund, announced by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin in November 2014, means that organisations who already provide a service to the local community can bid for a minibus.  Smaller operators and those who help out in rural areas will be favoured in the scheme.  Operators do not need to have previously expressed an interest, but must submit an application to the fund by 15 January 2015.

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