Derbyshire County Council cash on offer to local community groups

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Partnerships of local groups are being invited to bid for cash to build better communities from a new £1m Derbyshire County Council fund.

Following Cabinet approval today (Tuesday 24 April) the council will offer one-off capital grants of £10,000 to £250,000 for building projects or permanent equipment such as play or sports facilities which residents will be able use for at least 10 years.

Community building grants will contribute towards the total building costs of projects and are designed to help groups improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of their communities.

Priority will be given to partnerships that have already raised their own funds towards a new project, are well developed and can get started in the next 12 to 18 months and can demonstrate an ability to support future running costs.

Grants will be considered for proposals, accompanied by a simple business plan:

Which support partnerships of local organisations to bring communities closer together.

Contribute to the development of multi-use capital projects such as community or sports facilities which will be used by residents for at least 10 years.

Derbyshire County Council leader Coun Andrew Lewer said: “We are pleased to be able to offer yet another Big Society grant to support local communities and build on the success of our existing Community Action and Sports Action Grant schemes.

“Our community building grants are designed to encourage projects with a lasting legacy by funding building work or permanent sports and play equipment which will be used by residents for at least a decade.

“The scheme strengthens our commitment to supporting community self-help action where local people have a real desire to make a difference and improve life in their communities.”

The community building grant scheme will be launched in June. Groups can sign up for email alerts for the latest news at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/community

Applications for the county council’s Community Action Grants offering cash to small group with big ideas are open at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/cag

Find out more about the council’s Sports Action Grants to boost sports groups and clubs at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/sportsactiongrant