Applications are rolling in for East Northamptonshire Council's fund to support the development of public facilities throughout the district.
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.
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 a museum display or install a children’s play area in a local park.
Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said: "Last year 10 community groups benefitted from this fund, including Rushden & Higham Ferrers Rugby Union Football Club who received £40,000 to improve their clubhouse, kitchen, changing facilities and carpark. We hope that all 10 of them will make an important contribution to local people’s health and wellbeing.
"The third round of funding opened in August, but there’s still plenty of time for groups to express their interest. We’re looking forward to seeing what our local communities bid for."To download an Expression of Interest form and for details about the process and eligibility, please visit our CFF page You can email the Community Development team or call 01832 742052 for more information. Expressions of interest must be submitted by Monday, 28 September 2015.