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