Residents have benefited from more than £230,000 in community events, projects and grant funding from Daventry District Council (DDC).
During 2014/15, the council awarded over £165,000 of grant funding to a total of 50 voluntary and community sector organisations. This included revenue grants of £60,000 for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and £20,000 for Daventry Area Community Transport (DACT).
More than £65,000 of capital funding was awarded to 13 groups for projects across the district, and 21 local groups shared more than £10,000 to deliver one-off community events.
Throughout the year DDC’s community projects team worked with a range of partners to organise 13 successful initiatives.
These included the Christmas Helping Hampers which saw more than 1,000 food donations converted into 70 hampers for needy families, and the Big Switch Daventry District scheme, which enabled more than 500 switchers to each save an average of £221 on their energy bills.
A further 10 community events were also organised during 2014, including Countryside Day, Cyclefest and the Family Cinema Day at Daventry Country Park, which attracted more than 1,000 visitors and is being held again this Saturday, July 25.
Councillor Alan Hills, community, culture and leisure portfolio holder at Daventry District Council, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to put on a wide range of events and activities for the community and I’m happy to say we have another packed programme lined up for this year.
“We’re also pleased to help so many deserving projects across Daventry District during the year through our Community Grants scheme. Take the grants we gave out for one-off community events for example - for every £1 that the Council provided towards these events, community groups were able to raise £5 towards their good cause. That is a very good return for our investment and we’re very proud to be able support our community groups in this way.”