Community projects in line for Dragons’ Den-style funding

The Hope Project, based in Wellingborough, was a previous beneficiary of the scheme

The Hope Project, based in Wellingborough, was a previous beneficiary of the scheme

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A cash grant scheme, aimed at organisations via a similar process to that of TV’s Dragons’ Den, is inviting another round of applications.

It has been set up again by Northamptonshire County Council after the success of the scheme last year.

The Community Action Grants initiative will distribute grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 from a funding pot totalling £100,000.

Grants are available to any organisation with ideas for a community centred scheme or project, believed to be in line with so-called Big Society principles, including strengthening community ties and identity or addressing a recognised local issue.

Applications will be invited from Monday, December 3 over a period of seven weeks, with the closing date for entries on Friday, January 18, 2013.

Cllr Joan Kirkbride, deputy leader of Northamptonshire County Council said: “After the success of the Community Action Grants scheme last year I’m delighted to announce that we’re now inviting applications for this year.

“We’ve seen some very positive results because of the grants which have been allocated and they really do make a big difference to people.

“Most of us are familiar with the Dragons’ Den-style process, which is associated with identifying pioneering concepts, and this is the sort of thinking we’re trying to promote.”

After an initial application process and pre-selection rounds, a final shortlist of applicants will be compiled and invited to attend the final Dragons’ Den event on Friday, March 8, 2013.

During this event organisations will present their ideas to a small panel of dragons including county council cabinet members. Representatives from the private sector, media and youth organisations will also be invited to add their expertise as members of the panel.

For more information and to apply visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/communityactiongrants.