Voluntary groups in Corby are the first to benefit from a new fund.
A total of almost £8,000 has been shared among Corby Community Arts Association, Corby Music and Performing Arts, KayCrafts, Mad2Perform and Woodsend Bowling Club.
The money has come from the KHL Big Local Community Chest Fund, which is managed by the Northamptonshire Community Foundation and helps voluntary and community groups in the Kingswood and Hazel Leys area of the town.
Chairman of the KHL Partnership George Hill said: “The KHL Big Local Community Chest Fund has made its first five awards to support groups whose projects are making a real difference in the Kingswood and Hazel Leys community.
“Northamptonshire Community Foundation has given their support with the training and development of our grants panel to enable us to concentrate on making decisions.”
Rod Mason, a member of Woodsend Bowling Club, said: “We received a grant to purchase a wheeled chipper vacuum.
“The gardeners at the bowling club are not getting any younger and we used to have to brush up after we clipped the hedges.
“But the new equipment takes all the strain out of doing so, it’s brilliant.”
The fund offers grants of £250 to £2,000 for projects which support voluntary and community groups, as well as individuals working and volunteering to improve the wellbeing of residents within the Kingswood and Hazel Leys areas. Applications are welcomed for projects which cover a broad range of community activity.
The fund will give priority to projects working with children and young people, the environment, older and vulnerable people and diverse communities.
To find out more about this new fund and how to apply for a grant visit www.ncf.uk.com/Grants/KHL.