Cash up for grabs for community groups in east Northants

Cllr Steven North
Cllr Steven North

A new fund to support the development of public facilities throughout the district is now available to community groups including voluntary organisations, charities and schools, as well as town and parish councils.

The East Northamptonshire Council Community Facilities Fund will award a number of grants up to £50,000 for capital projects which aim to enhance the local area and benefit the whole community.

Capital expenditure could include building and construction work or buying large items of equipment.

Examples of how the money might be used include to make improvements to a village hall or community centre, update to a museum display or install a children’s play area in a local park.

The total money available in 2012-13 is £95,000.

The scheme is funded from the New Homes Bonus, a grant paid by central government to local councils for the number of new homes in their area.

Cllr Steven North, leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer a new pot of money for community capital projects across the district.

“The council believes it is important to see money received for building new homes in the area ploughed back into local infrastructure.

“We hope that the Community Facilities Fund will enable communities to access money for the things that are most valuable to them, whether that is improving a local green space or upgrading a community venue.”

The council is inviting expressions of interest by Friday, May 10.

To download an expression of interest form or for further information on the full process and eligibility criteria, visit the council website at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/cff.