More than 30 applications for grants from East Northants Council

Cllr Steven North
Cllr Steven North
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A fund for the development of public facilities throughout East Northants has now closed with more than 30 applications bidding for their share of £200,000.

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.

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.

Community groups, charities, schools and town and parish councils have submitted bids for grants of up to £50,000 for capital projects to enhance the local area and benefit the whole community.

Priority will be given to applications from areas with the highest impacts from new homes in the district, and also those applicants who have got other income to support their projects.

A panel of councillors will consider the awards in July 2014.

Cllr Steven North, leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “We’re delighted that so many local organisations have once again applied for this funding.

“The sorts of projects which we have received bids for will make a positive difference to the communities and residents of East Northamptonshire.

“Amongst the 13 projects supported last year were Rushden MIND and new equipment for service users, an accessible toilet and community space at Glapthorn Church and play equipment at Woodnewton Recreation Ground.

“It’s these kinds of projects which help communities grow and thrive.”

To find out more about the Community Facilities Fund, visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/cff.