Funding for can-do communities

Published Tuesday, 06 October 2015

East Northamptonshire Council’s funding scheme for local community projects is open for applications.

Each district councillor is allocated £1,000 per year for small community-based projects managed by parish/town councils, community groups, voluntary organisations and charities in East Northants.

The funding stream, known as the Member Empowerment Fund (MEF), supports community events, sports activities, environmental enhancements, local facility improvements, equipment for youth groups and projects that promote safer communities.

Since the scheme began in June 2011, communities have benefitted from over £130,000 of grant funding including:

  • Speed activated signs to improve road safety in Denford
  • Trees and equipment for the Stanwick Pocket Park community orchard
  • Refurbishment of toilet facilities at Thrapston Sports Club
  • A community notice board for Newton Road, Rushden
  • Damp proofing and redecoration of the King’s Cliffe Underground youth centre
  • Creation of a basketball and football area at Thurning Village Hall
  • Security timers for residents in the Oundle area
  • A PA system for Waterloo Drummers and Performing Arts group

Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council says: "We have a lot of can-do communities in this district who just need a bit of financial help to make their projects a reality. That's where councillors can help with their Member Empowerment Fund. If you have a community project in mind that fits the criteria, have a chat with your local councillor to see if they can help."

Another grant scheme, the Community Facilities Fund (CFF) which helps with larger capital projects, is now closed for this year. Awards will be listed on our CFF page in January 2016.

To find out more about the Member Empowerment Fund, visit our MEF page or speak to your local district councillor. You can find their contact details online or by phoning 01832 742000.

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