Community Facilities Fund opens for applications

Published Monday, 10 March 2014

Must be submitted by 7 April 2014

A fund to support the development of public facilities throughout the district is now open for the second year.

The Community Facilities Fund (CFF) was set up by East Northamptonshire Council using money it receives from central government as new homes are created in the district. This ‘New Homes Bonus’ is based on the number of properties added to the Council Tax base each year, including new builds and empty properties being brought back into use.  The total available in 2013/14 for CFF grants is over £200,000. 

Constituted community groups including voluntary organisations, charities and schools, as well as town and parish councils can bid for grants of up to £50,000 for capital projects which aim to enhance the local area and benefit the whole community.  This could include building and construction work or purchasing large items of equipment. For example, the money might be used to make improvements to a village hall or community centre, update to a museum display or install a children’s play area in a local park.

Councillor Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “As new homes are built, the demand on community facilities often increases, so it makes sense to use some of the money we get from central government to help develop these projects.

“Last year, 13 community groups benefitted from this fund with improvements to play areas, refurbished sports pavilions, and new community meeting places created across the district. Over the next couple of years, we will see these new facilities taking shape and hope that all of them will make an important contribution to local people’s health and wellbeing.

“Now the second round of funding is open and we’re looking forward to seeing what our local communities bid for.”

To download an Expression of Interest form and for more information on the full process and eligibility criteria, visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/cff

Expressions of Interest must be submitted by Monday, 7 April 2013.

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