Three good causes get grants from councillor

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GRANTS totalling £11,000 have been made by a councillor to groups in Daventry.

Northamptonshire county councillor Chris Long had been provided with £20,000 to give out to local good causes, but hadn’t received many applications.

After appealing via the Daventry Express on October 7 for groups to come forward, he has now made donations totalling £11,000.

DACT (Daventry Area Community Transport) was given £5,000 towards the cost of a new minibus for its service.

The new bus is expected to be delivered around March time. Time2Talk, which provides a free counselling and advice service in the town for young people, was given £3,000.

The money will pay for 150 additional counselling hours, which would provide sessions for 25 individuals on average.

The Phoenix Centre in Ashby Road was also given £3,000 to help fund its new indoor skate park for young people.

Cllr Long said: “I had £10,000 in my empowerment fund for my first year, but I was reluctant to spend it as I was still getting to know the area and what projects would really benefit people.

“I got a further £10,000 this year and hopefully I’ll get another pot in April next year.

“But there’s still money to give out so if any community group wants help, please get in touch.”

Anyone who has a project they think would benefit the community can email Cllr Long at clong@northamptonsh ire.gov.uk for more details.