A councillor says it was a ‘no-brainer’ to support a youth centre via his budget for community work – allowing the centre to unlock thousands more in funding.
A £23,000 grant award from the Mick George Community Fund for the Keystone Youth Centre in Kettering has been secured thanks to match funding from Cllr Mick Scrimshaw.
The centre is going through a major eco refurbishment of its Victorian town house which has already seen the installation of £10,000 worth of insulation, LED lighting and a high-efficiency heating system, with most of the work carried out by volunteers.
The new grant brings the project a step closer to completion.
Keystone’s chairman, Nick Wills, said: “Our overall aim has been to take what is a well-loved, but sadly run down youth centre and renovate it to the highest modern standards to make it far more available to many more users.
“We have achieved a huge amount of renovation works and I’d like to express enormous thanks to all the volunteers who have committed so much.”
Cllr Scrimshaw said: “Frankly awarding the required £2,500 to Keystone to enable them to draw down the much larger grant is a no-brainer.
“I cannot think of a better way of spending it as it’s not only going to a genuine community asset but will also release much-needed funds from elsewhere.”
The empowering councillors scheme gives £7,000 a year to each county councillor to help fund good causes within their electoral division.
Jon Stump, finance director at Mick George Ltd, added: “We are keen to support community projects that make a real difference to people’s lives.”