BERKSHIRE authorities are calling for businesses to help tackle real challenges faced by local authorities.

The £400,000 Challenge Fund Call is part of the Thames Valley Berkshire Smart City Cluster project, which is led by Reading Borough Council alongside Wokingham and Bracknell Forest Councils.

This first call consists of four challenges, including tackling loneliness, reducing falls in the elderly, supporting independence in travel and targeting investment to improve energy efficiency in homes.

The project will last two-years and is funded by the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Each challenge will involve a development and pilot phase to evaluate and to share knowledge about the common challenges faced by local councils.

Grants of up to £100,000 are available for each challenge.

An information event is being held on Wednesday, April 24 at the Marketing Suit, Green Park, Reading.

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