A community gardening scheme, a food bank and grassroots football teams are just some of the beneficiaries from a funding initiative.
The Avondale Grange ward in Kettering was given £33,910 from the Community Development Foundation, and local organisations and services were asked to come forward and apply for a slice of the cash.
A panel was set up in the ward consisting of community leaders and councillors, and so far £8,500 has been paid out to worthwhile local projects.
Just under £3,000 of that money will go to the Green Patch for a scheme where volunteers tidy and tend to elderly residents’ gardens plus cash for evening activities at the Valley Walk allotments.
Nikki Glazebrook, from the Green Patch, said: “The funding will be used to set that up and give people a chance to help other residents on their estate out.
“Hopefully it will create some community spirit – the funding should do a lot of good things in the area.
“We’re also looking to spend the money on getting volunteers together to do night activ ites at the Green Patch, so everyone has a chance to use the facilities there.”
St Jude’s Community Project gained £700 for its community food bank, which holds a drop-in every Friday at the Grange Methodist Church in Stamford Road.
Weekley Rovers and Kettering Warriors FC also gained cash for new kits.