Long Buckby charity backs DDC grant scheme

A charity which is working to revitalise a park in Long Buckby has commended Daventry District Council for its funding help and urged other community and voluntary groups to similarly apply for a grant.

Long Buckby Recreation Ground Committee was among more than 40 groups district-wide to be awarded a community grant by DDC in this financial year. It got £15,000 to help fund the first phase of the redevelopment of the park, to include new play equipment, seating and landscaping.

The committee secured the money after applying to DDC’s capital grants scheme, available for organisations needing assistance with capital investment. Grants of between £1,000 and £15,000 are available to fund up to 50% of total project costs.

Richard Vivian, treasurer of Long Buckby Recreation Ground Committee, said: “We were extremely delighted to be awarded the grant from DDC. It really gave us quite a fillip.

“This will help us to provide play equipment and exercise facilities suitable for a village of this size and for children of all ages and abilities. Long Buckby has a really strong sense of community but as it grows it’s under more pressure. Having a recreation area at the centre of the village can only help nurture that sense of community spirit.

“The process of applying for the grant was straightforward and the response from the council has been positive throughout. I would recommend any group with a good community project to apply to the grants scheme. It’s certainly worth doing.”

Other groups which benefitted from the fund included Crick Athletic Football Club, which was awarded £8,100 towards its project to build an all-weather multi-use games area, and Holcot Village Hall, which got £15,000 to help re-cover and insulate the roof of the 80-year-old building.

As well as the capital grants, smaller one-off grants of up to £500 to support community events are also available to voluntary and community groups in the district. They are designed to help groups organise a one-time event to raise money for their cause.

A total of 22 different organisations received one-off funding last year for fundraising events such as fun days and quiz nights.

Up to £1,000 of community project funding is also available to groups looking for funding towards things like small items of equipment, training and volunteer expenses.

Ten organisations including Daventry Town Football Club and the Phoenix Youth Centre benefitted from this funding last year.

Councillor Alan Hills, community, culture and leisure portfolio holder at Daventry District Council, said: “We are always pleased to help community and voluntary organisations in the district through these grants.

“Funding is available for a range of uses and I would urge groups to get in touch and see whether we may be able to help.”

Applications are welcome at any time throughout the year and all the grants are subject to meeting eligible criteria.

For more information or to request an application form contact Tim Cantwell at Daventry District Council on 01327 871100 or email tcantwell@daventrydc.gov.uk. Alternatively visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/communitygrants