Cash up for grabs for community groups in East Northants

Community groups can apply for grants of up to �5,000
Community groups can apply for grants of up to �5,000

Groups in East Northamptonshire are being invited to apply for grants of up to £5,000 for projects which will benefit the whole community.

The Community Facilities Fund (CFF) was set up by East Northamptonshire Council using money it receives from central government as new homes are created in the district and is now open for the third year.

We’re looking forward to seeing what our local communities bid for

Cllr Steven North

The New Homes Bonus is based on the number of properties added to the Council Tax base each year, including new builds and empty properties being brought back into use.

Constituted community groups including voluntary organisations, charities and schools, as well as town and parish councils can bid for grants of up to £50,000 for capital projects which aim to enhance the local area and benefit the whole community.

It could include building and construction work or purchasing large items of equipment.

The money might be used to make improvements to a village hall or community centre, update to a museum display or install a children’s play area in a local park.

Cllr Steven North, leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “As new homes are built, the demand on community facilities often increases, so it makes sense to use some of the money we get from central government to help develop these projects.

“Last year 10 community groups benefited from this fund, from pocket parks to skateboard parks.

“Over the next couple of years, we will see new facilities taking shape and hope that all of them will make an important contribution to local people’s health and well-being.

“Now the third round of funding is open and we’re looking forward to seeing what our local communities bid for.”

To download an expression of interest form and for details about the process and eligibility, go to www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/cff.

Groups can also email communitydevelopment@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk or call 01832 742052 for more information.

Expressions of interest must be submitted by Monday, September 28.