Community groups planning festive fundraising events for their cause are urged to get in touch with Daventry District Council for a grant.
One-off grants of up to £500 are available to help local groups in Daventry district put on events for the wider community.
Recipients in the last year have included the organisers of Pitsford May Fayre, the Crick Scarecrow Festival and West Haddon Carnival.
The three events raised a combined total of more than £7,000, which was redistributed to local groups in those villages including sports clubs, schools, village halls, scout groups and allotment associations.
Applicants must demonstrate they have support from their local parish council and must also match any funding they receive. Applications should be submitted at least three weeks before the planned event and applicants will be notified of a decision within five working days of their submission.
Naseby Village Hall management committee recently secured a £500 grant to help put on a Christmas Advent Trail through the village.
The community event sees villagers decorate their windows and gardens to create a living advent calendar for visitors to tour, and also features live music, gift stalls and refreshments in the village hall.
The group held a similar event last year but have been able to expand and improve the trail this year thanks to the grant money. This year’s event is on Sunday, December 6 and starts at Naseby Village Hall at 4pm.
The committee’s vice-chairman Pauline Vann said: “The application process was extremely straightforward and we were thrilled to be told very quickly that we had been successful.
“Last year’s event was a success but older visitors and young children struggled to walk all the way around the village to enjoy the displays. The grant means we can now put on transport for those people. We can also have a living nativity as well as the usual beautifully decorated Christmas windows.
“We were absolutely delighted to receive the grant as it has allowed us to make our event bigger and better than ever - we hope that lots of people will come along to enjoy it!”
As well as the one-off event funding, DDC also offers grants of up to £1,000 to allow groups to purchase items of equipment, cover expenses or for training courses. Grants of up to £15,000 are also available to cover up to 50% of the total cost of a capital building project.
Councillor Alan Hills, Community, Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council, said: “The one-off event grants are there to help groups put on fundraisers that benefit their organisation as well as the wider community. With Christmas fast approaching I know there will be a lot of voluntary and community groups putting on festive events and I would urge them to contact the Council to see how we might help.”
For more information about Community Grants offered by DDC, including the eligibility criteria for each grant, visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/communitygrants or phone Community Development Officer Tim Cantwell on 01327 871100.
To find out more about Naseby’s Advent Trail, visit www.nasebyvillagehall.org