£40,000 community fund aims to help Kettering groups

Kettering Council has set up a �40,000 community fund
Kettering Council has set up a �40,000 community fund

A fund which aims to dish out £40,000 to help community projects and environmental improvements has been set up by Kettering Council.

The cash is available for one-off capital projects and bids are being invited by town and parish councils – as well as formally constituted resident and community groups.

A spokesman for Kettering Council said: “Bids must be for community-based projects, environmental improvements or projects which improve health or security and safety.

“They must be in accord with the Council’s broad aims, objectives and policies.

“Grants are for up to £2,500 and preference will be given to projects where match-funding exists.”

The first deadline for applications is September 19, 2014.

Kettering Council says it will also continue to provide other grant funding to help in sustaining community activities and facilities.

The Small Grants Scheme provides grants from £50 to £500, and the Community Hall Grants provides grants from £500 to £5,000.

More information and the application form about all three grant schemes may be found on the Borough Council’s website at www.kettering.gov.uk/a_to_z/service/646/community_funding_and_grants or by contacting the council on 01536 534355 or grants@kettering.gov.uk.

Guy Holloway, Head of Corporate Development at Kettering Borough Council said: “The council has offered two grant schemes for many years.

“This additional new £40,000 scheme for the community fund was approved by the Council recently.

“Successful applicants must utilise the funding by March 31, 2015.”

Councillor Ian Jelley, Finance Portfolio Holder said: “This is another great opportunity for Kettering Council to assist communities to deliver planned projects.

“I urge community groups and organisations to check if their project fits the criteria and apply for the most appropriate funding; remember, the initial deadline is September 19, 2014.”