Funding up for grabs for East Northants groups

East Northamptonshire Councils grant scheme, known as the Member Empowerment Fund, is now open for new applications

East Northamptonshire Councils grant scheme, known as the Member Empowerment Fund, is now open for new applications

Cash is up for grabs for groups and organisations in East Northants.

East Northamptonshire Council’s grant scheme, known as the Member Empowerment Fund, is now open for new applications.

Each district councillor is allocated £1,000 per year for small community-based projects.

Money can be awarded to parish/town councils, community groups, voluntary organisations and charities working in East Northamptonshire.

The following types of projects can be funded:

Community events/fairs/carnivals

Community or Neighbourhood Planning activities

Sports equipment, coaching activities or activity that promotes participation in physical activity and healthy lifestyles

Environmental improvements

Community facility improvements

Support for new community groups like first aid or committee skills training

Equipment for use by the local community

Young people projects including equipment for youth groups

Schemes or projects which actively promote safer communities e.g. safer parking schemes and speed reduction measures

Since the scheme began in June 2011, communities have benefitted from over £150,000 of grant funding to support their community-based projects.

Such projects have included:

Relocation and refurbishment of village phone kiosk to be used as a defibrillator station in Glapthorn

Purchase and installation of vehicle-activated signs to improve safety in Denford

Sporting equipment for adult and youth football teams in Stanwick

Community notice board for Islip and Apethorpe

Musical Moments workshop for dementia sufferers in Rushden

East Northamptonshire Council leader Steven North said: “This is a great small fund that allows our councillors to support capital projects in their area, either as an individual or working with other members to support larger projects.

“If you need a bit of financial help to make your project a reality, have a chat with your local councillor.”

To find out more about the Member Empowerment Fund, visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/mef or speak to your district councillor.

Contact details can be found here.