Two more chances to bid for Derbyshire community cash grants

There are just two more chances for residents to bid for a share of Derbyshire County Council’s £250,000 Community Action Grant fund as the fifth round of successful applicants is announced.

In the latest round a further 40 groups have taken a share of grants totalling £31,817 to help them improve life in their communities.

The funding will support projects including children’s play schemes, music and arts events, activities for older people, keep fit initiatives, projects for young people and community improvement schemes (see full list attached).

The county council introduced the Big Society grants last June with a £250,000 funding pot available for small not-for-profit groups and organisations to support their work to help build strong and flourishing communities. Grants of up to £1,000 will be awarded over seven rounds by the end of this year.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Public Health Coun Carol Hart said: “Our Community Action Grant scheme is coming to its closing stages and as the scheme progresses it’s been fantastic to see what groups are doing for their local area.

“We know that even a small amount of money can make a real difference to what they want to achieve so we’re delighted to support them with our Big Society grants.

“Groups who’ve successfully applied for funding are already putting their grants to good use and there’s still time for others to apply over three more rounds this year.”

Successful bids will include activities or projects that allow local people to improve life locally. They must also support the council’s key social, economic and environmental priorities. This means grants could, for example, pay for:

* Local events and activities for teenagers

* Street and community improvement grants

* Play equipment

* Care, support or activity groups for older people The first Community Action Grants were awarded last September with 57 groups receiving a share of £41,323. A further £39,936 was awarded to 51 groups in the second phase in December, £41,040 to 48 groups in the third round in March and £41,284 to 50 groups in the fourth round in July.

The deadline for the sixth round is Friday 26th October with the final one on Friday 14th December. For more information about Community Action Grants or to apply visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/cag Alternatively residents can find out more at their local library or contact Call Derbyshire at contact.centre@derbyshire.gov.uk or call 08456 058 058 or 01629 533190 To find local community and sports groups visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/directory