Grants to help the community

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COMMUNITY groups and sports clubs have benefitted from thousands of pounds of funding from Daventry District Council (DDC).

Daventry Area Community Transport (DACT) and Crick Athletic Football Club (CAFC) have received the biggest amounts from the council’s capital grants funding.

CAFC received £15,000 to help it with a £1.2 million project to develop sporting facilties.

Project co-ordinator Ian Gidley said: “It is fantastic news and something that was definitely needed.

“We can start work on the first phase and will make a huge difference to the club.”

The project is to build a senior pitch, two junior pitches, a car park, temporary changing room and improving the drainage.

DACT has received £10,000 from the council to partly fund a new mini bus and provide transport to people who can not access it.

Chief executive Rob Kinning said: “This is a great starting point for us as we need £63,000 in total for a new minibus.

“It helps in our attempts to find the rest of the money.”

The Daventry Amateur Athletic Club at Stefen Hill Sports Ground has been given £8,171 to improve the high jump facilities at the club.

Secretary Barry Fenn said: “We are obviously delighted as our athletes can use better equipment and make them more competitive in competitions.”

The Rural Enterprise Action Programme in Staverton gets £6,800 to to improve heating facilities and The Everdon Village Hall Management Committee has been awarded £770 to clear derelict land and establish a hardstanding base for a storage building and disabled car parking.