Community groups net grant funding

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Community organisations have recently been awarded grants from Daventry District Council (DDC) towards various events and projects.

In the latest round of grants, three organisations have benefited from Second Homes Funding – this is a pot of money resulting from the reduction of the Council Tax discount on second homes from 50% to 10% across the county, agreed between DDC and the Northamptonshire County Council to be spent to support local community projects district-wide.

They include Daventry Area Community Transport (DACT), which has received £1,000 to train eight volunteers to drive a minibus, how to use the vehicle passenger lift and assist passengers with disabilities. Time 2 Talk was awarded £1,000 for much-needed IT equipment and Brixworth Bowls Club received £692 to replace their short bowls mats.

A number of organisations have also received one-off grant funding from DDC for community events:

Danetre Rotary Club has been awarded £500 towards their Christmas sleigh collections across the district later this year, which will help to pay for new santa outfits and repairs.

The Southbrook Community Association received £500 for its family Picnic on the Field event, held last month, towards the cost of the children’s entertainment.

The Daventry and District Over Fifties Forum received £500 to support their summer tea dance.

Woodford Halse Sure Start Parent Group Forsure was awarded £500 towards a family fun day on June 29.

Crick Scarecrow Festival has received £500 to support the event on July 13 and 14.

Daventry & District Housing Youth Board was awarded £500 for a summer samba event on July 13.

Weedon Football Club received £500 for a fun day in the village on August 17.

DDCs community, culture and leisure portfolio holder Cllr Alan Hills said: “The Council has various types of funding for initiatives like these and I would encourage any groups in the district who need some financial help or advice to get in touch with us and see if we can help.”

In 2012/13 DDC helped more than 45 groups district-wide through its range of grants schemes for revenue and capital funding, Second Homes funding and one-off event funding.

Many of the community groups that receive grant funding from DDC were then also supported to help them get additional external funding to carry out their projects.

Any organisations that want more information about the various funding available from Daventry District Council can contact Katie Arnold on 01327 871100 or go to www.daventrydc.gov.uk/living/community-grants/.