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Council scheme to fund more community projects

Published Friday, 13 December 2019

Community groups across the district are once again being invited to apply for funding towards delivering their projects.

As East Northamptonshire Council’s (ENC) Community Facilities Fund (CFF) opens for its eighth year on Monday 16 December.

First introduced in 2013 and with over £2 million worth of projects supported so far, the fund supports the development of public facilities throughout the district and is funded by money received from central Government through the ‘New Homes Bonus’ as new homes are created in the district.

Each year, the council supports as many community projects as possible, and the fund is for capital work, such as building and construction costs, refurbishment works, large items of equipment etc.

Community groups can apply for up to £10,000 with no requirement for match funding and previous projects which have been awarded include Stanwick Community Gardens who were awarded £6,876 for a new summerhouse and thanks to £3,000 from the fund, Thrapston Plaza now has new audio visual equipment and are able to put on more events.

Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said:

“Thanks to the funding we receive from central Government through the ‘New Homes Bonus’, we are proud to support local community projects and look forward to receive lots of applications for the next phase of the scheme.

“Over the past eight years, we always have a wide variety of groups apply and would urge anyone who is considering a project to apply to help us make East Northamptonshire a better place to live.”

Community groups who can apply include voluntary organisations and charities, as well as town and parish council who can submit one application for a grant of up to £10,000 and for full details about the process and eligibility, please visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/CFF 

The deadline for submissions is Friday 14 February at 5pm, and those interested in applying should call Lucy Hawes on 01832 742268 or email communitydevelopment@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk before Friday 31 January to discuss their application.