A host of community groups and good causes have benefited from £267,000-worth of grants handed out during the past year by East Northamptonshire Council.
This year, the authority handed out cash to help build and improve community facilities across the district.
The council’s leader and chairman visited five of the ten successful groups to see for themselves where the money will be spent.
Together with district councillors, they visited Diamonds Gymnastic Club at Irthlingborough, the former highways depot in Rushden, King’s Cliffe Active, Ringstead’s peace park and Jubilee Park in Rushden.
Diamonds Gymnastic Club is now able to purchase crash mats and spring boards, worth £6,300, to improve safety and provide further gymnastic opportunities for members.
A £40,000 grant will help Rushden Historical Transport Society purchase the Victorian Goods Yard and shed and developing the Heritage Centre and car park at the former highways depot.
King’s Cliffe Community Sports can now build three tennis courts and two netball/basketball courts at the Recreation Ground, King’s Cliffe Active with a grant of £35,000.
Ringstead Community Group is delighted with a £27,000 grant to redevelop their peace park, including new play/gym equipment and a tarmac path.
Finally, Rushden’s Jubilee Park is set to be redesigned and skate ramps replaced thanks to Rushden Town Council’s successful bid for £35,000.
The Community Facilities Fund was set up by East Northamptonshire Council using money it receives from the government called New Homes Bonus. This money is based on the number of properties added to the Council Tax base each year, either as new homes occupied or empty homes brought back into use.
East Northamptonshire Council leader, Steven North, said: “We’re delighted to be able to use New Homes Bonus funding to continue to support more community facilities in the district.
“We enjoyed visiting some of the groups benefiting from this fund and look forward to meeting the remaining five groups in the New Year.
“We’re eager to see these projects take shape and believe that each and every one will make an important contribution to local people’s health and wellbeing.”
For more information about the Community Facilities Fund visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/cff