Residents and social entrepreneurs in Corby could receive grants of up to £5,000 for projects which will help their community thrive.
Corby Community Partnership is working with UnLtd, an organisation which supports social enterprises.
It is offering Try It Awards of up to £500 and Do It Awards up to £5,000 for projects on the Kingswood and Hazel Leys estates.
Manager of Corby Community Partnerships Dion Hunt and its project co-ordinator Di Martin offer support for people with bright ideas, from completing their award proposals to delivering projects.
So far, through the UnLtd Star People programme, they have helped set up a number of thriving groups on the Kingswood estate, with other ventures in the pipeline.
Di said: “There are residents on the Kingswood and Hazel Leys estate will all the skills and talents to set up enterprises which would benefit the whole community.
“We are here to help them make their ideas work.”
Among the projects which are up-and-running is Kingswood Children and Friends Group, which received a grant of £3,500.
Its secretary Natalie Sweeney said: “Funding for such groups is being cut across the country, so we wanted to start a local group run by local families.”
Ashok Nathwani was awarded a £500 Try It Award to set up his Yoga 4 Health Group at Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre.
Kay Gallagher has also received funding for a craft workshop which is being launched this month.
Phil Wilson was awarded an UnLtd grant and has launched Boxing Body Conditioning, a fitness group based at the Olympic Amateur Boxing Club at Saxilby Close gym on the Kingswood estate.
He said: “My long-term aim is to establish Better Lifestyles, a fitness, health and well-being hub for people in the area.”
For further information about the UnLtd Star People programme and getting involved contact Corby Community Partnerships on 01536 263946 or 07918 776914.