Cash available for community groups in East Northamptonshire

Some money went to the community orchard at Stanwick Pocket Park
Some money went to the community orchard at Stanwick Pocket Park

Groups looking for help to pay for projects in their community can apply for money from East Northamptonshire Council.

The authority has said that its funding scheme for community projects has re-opened.

We have a lot of can-do communities in this district who just need a bit of financial help to make their projects a reality

Cllr Steven North

Each district councillor has been allocated £1,000 per year for small community-based projects which are managed by parish/town councils, community groups, voluntary organisations and charities working in the district.

The programme supports community events, sports equipment and activities, environmental enhancements, local facility improvements, equipment for youth groups and projects that promote safer communities.

Since the scheme began in June 2011, communities have benefited from more than £130,000 of grant funding to support their community-based projects, including speed activated signs to improve road safety in Denford, trees and equipment for the Stanwick Pocket Park community orchard, refurbishment of toilet facilities at Thrapston Sports Club and a community notice board for Newton Road, Rushden.

Money has also be provided for damp proofing and redecoration of the King’s Cliffe Underground youth centre, creation of a basketball and football area at Thurning Village Hall, security timers for residents in the Oundle area and a PA system for Waterloo Drummers and Performing Arts group.

Steven North, leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “We have a lot of can-do communities in this district who just need a bit of financial help to make their projects a reality.

“That’s where councillors can help with their member empowerment fund.

“If you have a community project in mind that fits the criteria, have a chat with your local councillor to see if they can help.”

For more information about the member empowerment fund, visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/mef or speak to your local district councillor.

Details for your local councillor can be found at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/councillors.