New grants scheme for Derbyshire community groups goes live

Derbyshire County Council has launched its’ Action Grants scheme aimed at local groups, clubs, charities and other non-profit organisations working in communities across the county.

Council leader, Councillor Barry Lewis, said:

“Over the next two years there will be 2,000 grants of up to £500 on offer to help groups fund projects and events which will benefit their local communities.

“Whether it is to organise a village fete, pay for a youth club activity or to help promote exercise and sport, we’re inviting people who are active in their community to apply.

“Just a little financial help can make all the difference between being able to provide a much-needed local activity or not. If we can help make it happen then it could create a lasting legacy of enjoyment and participation across in communities across Derbyshire.”

The themes of the grants are:

  • Youth activity
  • Community safety
  • Community activity
  • Physical activity and sport

If a group’s planned project is based on any of those themes, the online application pack will let organisers know what they can and can’t apply for.

Decisions on grant applications will be made after regular application round deadlines and the first deadline is 30 June 2018, so groups hoping to get funding for schemes in the school summer holidays need to apply before that date.

There are also a limited number of medium grants of up to £5,000 and larger grants of up to £10,000 for projects which can have clear local support and will provide a lasting benefit for a Derbyshire community.

The full criteria for the medium and large grants is also in the application pack. Applications for medium and larger grants will be considered annually, with the first deadline also 30 June 2018.

The Action Grants scheme will run until 31 May 2020 and you can download an application pack here: Derbyshire Action Grants Application Pack