Local groups invited to apply for Capital Community Grants

Published: Thursday, 27th April 2017

Various grants available between £50 and £5,000

Kettering Borough Council is inviting applications from local groups and individuals to receive up to £5,000 from its selection of Capital Community Grants for 2017/18. A total of £72,000 is available through the Grant Scheme, which supports voluntary and community groups to carry out activities that enhance the quality of life for local residents and increase their involvement within the community.

There are two main capital schemes and both help voluntary and community organisations to deliver projects that contribute to supporting the Council’s strategic priorities within the Borough:

The Capital Community Hall Grant ranges from £500 to £5,000. This funding is open to projects that help to sustain Community Halls that benefit local people and the local community.

The Capital Community Fund ranges from £500 to £2,500. It is open to projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:

Community based projects
Environmental improvements
Health and Safety Improvements

Grant guidelines and applications are now available online at www.kettering.gov/grants. The closing date is Friday 26th May 2017. Preference will normally be given to projects where some form of match funding exists. 

In addition, applications are invited throughout the year for other smaller Borough Council grant schemes. 

Small Grants up to £1,000
Small grant this year have been increased to £1,000.  This will help communities that are very busy with events, to benefit from a larger amount than was previously available.

Protection and enhancement of the environment
Reducing the effects of poverty
Supporting the development of the voluntary and community sector

£15,000 has already been awarded through the Small Grants Scheme to different organisations and groups including Harrington Village Hall, Phoenix Arts, the newly-formed Geddington Brickyard, High Five and to Kettering Music School.

Kettering Youth Council Small Grant up to £800
The grant is open to groups who wish to develop new projects for 13-19 year olds. The application must meet one of the criteria:

Achieve economic well-being
Make a positive contribution
Be healthy
Stay safe
Enjoy and achieve

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: 
“It’s vitally important that groups that work hard to improve the local community are able to access funding through grant schemes, and we are pleased to invite their applications. I would encourage anyone involved in groups that may benefit from a Community Grant to consider the criteria and make sure they apply before any deadlines”. 

For further information, please visit www.kettering.gov.uk/grants. Alternatively, you can contact the Council’s Grants Officer on 01536 534 374 or e-mail grants@kettering.gov.uk