Community groups get cash windfall

Maria Borg from East Northants Faith Group in 2011
Maria Borg from East Northants Faith Group in 2011

A faith group based in Rushden is one of six community groups to be given a grant to help it with its work.

The East Northants Faith Group has been given £2,160 to add a dedicated residential support unit for people suffering from life-controlling conditions by grant-giving organisation, the Northamptonshire Community Foundation.

Talking about the plans for the support unit, minister Mark Lees said: “We will provide a full 12-step recovery programme, changing residents’ lives for ever.”

Other groups to benefit from last month’s £14,000 han-out by the foundation include Corby Eagles Football Club. It was given £3,000 to pay for new kit, balls, training equipment and to pay for a year’s hire of training pitches.

Desborough Town Cricket Club was also given £3,000 to replace its sight screens to enable it to continue to offer cricket to the local community.

Brixworth Music Festival, received £3,000 to help it stage a classical music festival.

The foundation supports a wide range of grassroots projects and has awarded more than £7m to 1,300 groups in the county since it was launched in 2001.

Its chief executive, Victoria Miles, said: “We’re delighted to support these local groups all of whom are doing exceptional work and making a real difference in their local community.

“It is largely thanks to the generosity of people and businesses here in Northamptonshire that we have been able to make these life-changing grants. Even in these difficult times there are local people ready to put their hands in their pockets to help those less fortunate than themselves.”

To apply for a grant, donate or to find out more about the Northamptonshire community Foundation go to or call 01604 230033.