Following the launch of their new Council Plan, North East Derbyshire District Council has confirmed its commitment to supporting local communities by establishing community activities as key priorities and extending the eligibility to funding to more local groups.
Commissions for advice agencies and voluntary sector infrastructure support agencies will remain, recognising the assistance they provide to vulnerable and disadvantaged households within the District. In addition, to enable locally-led action, some budgets have now been re-aligned for constituted voluntary and community sector groups who can demonstrate where new projects contribute to the Council Plan priorities. The new Community Action Grants Fund will support up to £500 and will be available for projects which will start from April 2020, with several bidding rounds held per year.
Keen to promote local leadership within its younger generation, the Council has also established a Climate Change Small Grants Scheme for Schools that supports projects which help raise awareness of, and mitigate, climate change issues. Eleven schools have recently been awarded funding and the next bidding rounds will be publicised later in the year.
To support the priority to develop an Older People’s Strategy, the Council will also continue to publicise its funds for local Older Peoples Groups and luncheon clubs to help promote social engagement and share community information.
Cllr Martin Thacker MBE, Leader of the Council said “We are committed to working with our local communities to deliver the best possible services for residents within our district. By broadening the scope of our existing budgets, we are giving more organisations the opportunity to make a positive difference for our residents and the environment.
“We will soon be publicising the impact of the school Climate Change projects and look forward to launching the application guidance for the Community Action Grants later this year.”