Opportunity to get funds for projects

Community groups are once again being offered the chance to receive financial support for their projects through a special fund run by Northumberland County Council.

The authority’s community chest scheme aims to support activities that will benefit and are needed to help people living in towns and villages across the county.

It is open to any voluntary or community not-for-profit groups or organisations based in, or predominantly serving, Northumberland.

The money can be used for a range of purposes, including events and special activities, or for the purchase of equipment. Grants of up to £10,000 are available and there is no minimum amount for applications.

It will also support one-off initiatives, such as those that help the development of sustainable long-term projects.

Priority will be given to applications submitted by small community groups and organisations that have not received a grant from this fund in the past.

Coun Dave Ledger, policy board member for corporate resources at Northumberland County Council, said: “Community groups are often enthusiastic to do more to meet the needs of their communities, but a lack of money is often a major obstacle for them.

“The community chest is a popular grant fund and it has helped a wide variety of hard-working groups right across the county to finance worthwhile community causes.”

This year, the fund will be administered through a new application process.

There will be three funding rounds over the year – the deadline for the next round of applications is September 5.

The applications will be considered by funding panels made up of councillors from across the county. For the next round, the panels will meet by September 30, and decision letters will be issued by October 10.

For more information about the fund, or for an application form, log on to www.northumberland.gov.uk