Local groups invited to apply for Capital Community Grants

Published: Thursday, 25th April 2019

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 grants programmes in 2018/19.

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 £2500 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 £1000 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, 31st May 2019. 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 grants 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

Kettering Borough Council’s grants supported over 45 projects last year across the borough, with projects ranging from large building renovations and extensions, to an accessible fire pit at Ise Valley Scouts. Smaller projects included funded village fetes, carnivals, and free workshops such as speech therapy classes to children with Downs Syndrome, delivered by Ups and Downs.  All these projects were delivered by dedicated volunteers.

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”.

Councillor Scott Edwards, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Leisure, said:

“We are extremely proud to be able to continue to support community and voluntary organisations through our grant schemes. 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