A £23,000 boost to county projects

Friends of Barnwell Country park event in January
Friends of Barnwell Country park event in January

More than £23,000 was given out by the Northamptonshire Community Foundation last month to help projects all over the county.

Among the seven groups helped by the grants was Corby community group Arts Alive.

This project received £3,000 from the Constance Travis Trust to provide people aged over 50 and living in Corby the chance to take part in arts-based activities. and develop their enjoyment and appreciation of the arts.

Its chairman Brian Fawcett said: “We provide our members with acting, mime, writing poetry, play scripts and songs, music-making, drawing and painting – there is no other provision of this type in Corby.”

Arts Alive meets every Thursday between 1pm and 3pm at the Core in the Cube in Corby.

Aspirations Wellbeing, based in Thrapston, received £2,877 from the Cecil Pettit Fund to buy speciality cycles to be used by disabled athletes.

Activities co-ordinator Jackie Ackroyd said: “Our clubs provide valuable ‘time out’ for carers and families, who themselves suffer the stress of looking after high-need individuals.”

Money from the Grassroots Fund went to help the Friends of Barnwell Country Park.

The group received £2,954 to buy an event tent which will be used in the country park.

Greens Norton Community Choir received £2,975 from the Constance Travis Trust to buy a PA system, allowing for outdoor performances throughout the year.

Chairman Jonathan Kingsleigh-Smith said: “The choir has created a whole new network of social bonds and friendships in the village. We love to share what we do with new audiences and the PA system will allow us to do that.”

Northamptonshire Community Foundation is an independent grant-giving organisation and it provides grants to worthwhile causes and projects which help people in the county who are in need or vulnerable.

Community Foundation chief executive Victoria Miles said: “We’re delighted to be able to award funding to support these local groups that will really help make a difference to local people’s lives.”

The foundation aims to connect people and organisations who want to give donations with the projects that need them.

Since it was launched in 2001 it has handed out more than £6m to more than 1,000 groups. It distributes the money on behalf of local funders including

To apply for a grant, donate or to find out more log on to www.ncf.uk.com or call on 01604 230033.