East Northants Council cash up for grabs

The Waterloo Drummers have benefited from the councillors' fund in the past
The Waterloo Drummers have benefited from the councillors' fund in the past

East Northamptonshire Council’s funding scheme for local community projects is open for applications.

Each district councillor is allocated £1,000 per year for small community-based projects managed by parish/town councils, community groups, voluntary organisations and charities in East Northants.

The scheme, known as the Member Empowerment Fund, supports community events, sports activities, environmental enhancements, local facility improvements, equipment for youth groups and projects that promote safer communities.

Since the scheme began in June 2011, communities have benefitted from more than £130,000 of grant funding including:

Speed activated signs to improve road safety in Denford

Trees and equipment for the Stanwick Pocket Park community orchard

Refurbishment of toilet facilities at Thrapston Sports Club

A community notice board for Newton Road, Rushden

Damp proofing and redecoration of the King’s Cliffe Underground youth centre

Creation of a basketball and football area at Thurning Village Hall

Security timers for residents in the Oundle area

A PA system for Waterloo Drummers and Performing Arts group

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council Steven North said: “We have a lot of can-do communities in this district who just need a bit of financial help to make their projects a reality.

“That’s where councillors can help with their Member Empowerment Fund.

“If you have a community project in mind that fits the criteria, have a chat with your local councillor to see if they can help.”

Another grant scheme, the Community Facilities Fund which helps with larger capital projects, is now closed for this year.

Awards will be listed on www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/cff in January 2016.

To find out more about the Member Empowerment Fund, visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/mef or speak to your {http://www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/councillors|local district councillor| or call 01832 742000.