Community groups in North East Derbyshire which need financial help with projects to aid the area’s recovery can apply for grants up to £500 from North East Derbyshire District Council.
In the past small groups which were not constituted were precluded from the scheme, but they can now apply if they get a sponsoring organisation like a parish or town council to vouch for them.
The Community Action Grants which are available from the authority are for helping those leading initiatives to help improve their local area or raising awareness of important issues such as climate change and reducing littering.
The authority is helping communities access funding they need to make their projects successful and will guide them through the process, from start to finish, to enable local groups to tackle issues or start new campaigns with residents and school children in the district.
The grants will be awarded to projects which relate to the Council Plan and help or promote awareness of the benefits physical activity, successful community events, local community improvements, reducing social isolation, raising awareness of climate change, improving recycling rates and reducing litter, enhancing biodiversity, supporting development of local volunteers and groups, addressing parking issues and reducing anti-social behaviour.
Cllr Alan Powell, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Communities and Communications said “We are a listening council which recognises the important role local groups play in our communities and we are keen to support them where we can”.
“We are welcoming local groups to apply for this funding so their projects can be successful. Being able to support our residents and communities at grassroots level is key to tackling global issues such as climate change and local projects such as litter picks”.
“This fund will enable groups and individuals supported by parish councils to lead projects successfully and have a positive impact on the local communities whilst contributing to the delivery of the Council Plan”.
The deadline for applications is 30th September 2020, however, applications will be assessed by the Council as they are received. Subject to funds remaining, there will be further bidding rounds later in the year.