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£40k council funding for local projects

Published Tuesday, 06 December 2016

East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) is helping more communities in the district with £40,000 of funding for local projects.

Each district councillor is allocated £1,000 per year for small community-based projects. Money can be awarded to parish/town councils, community groups, voluntary organisations and charities working in East Northamptonshire.

Thanks to ENC’s Member Empowerment Fund (MEF), these types of projects can be funded:

  • Community events, fayres and carnivals
  • Community/Neighbourhood Planning activities
  • Activities that promote participation in physical activity/healthy lifestyles
  • Environmental improvements e.g. tidying up, new planting schemes
  • Community facility improvements
  • Support for new groups e.g. first aid, committee skills training
  • Equipment for use by the local community
  • Young people projects including equipment for youth groups
  • Safer communities e.g. parking schemes, speed reduction measures

Since the scheme began in June 2011, communities have benefitted from over £168,000 of grant funding to support their projects, including:

  • Purchasing/installing a picnic bench in Riverside Park, Higham Ferrers
  • Litter picking equipment for clean up days in Chelveston and Caldecott
  • Creating a multi-functional learning space for the school children and the wider community in Glapthorn
  • Installation of a defibrillator for the benefit of the residents of Barnwell and the surrounding area
  • Arts and craft equipment for the 1st Irthlingborough Scouts group
  • Training programme and course materials to provide counselling sessions to young people in Oundle and the surrounding area
  • Volunteer support and refreshments for the Rushden Hall Park health walk sessions
  • Installation of a gated entrance to the village of Hargrave to visually improve road safety

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said: “This is a great small fund that allows our councillors to support capital projects in their area, either as an individual or working with other members to support larger projects. If you need a bit of financial help to make your project a reality, have a chat with your local councillor.”

To find out more about the scheme and/or to apply for funding please visit the MEF page or speak to your councillor.

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