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Grants help to kick-start new schemes in Derbyshire communities

Published: 6 December 2019

Enterprising groups across Derbyshire are showing that a little can go a long way following their successful applications to our Action Grants scheme to help with their activities.

In the latest round, 112 groups have been awarded grants totalling £53,195. These grants are all a maximum of £500 which may seem a modest amount, but in many instances it has given the impetus to get things off the ground. For other groups, the money is helping to support existing activities. There is still money left in the pot for the remaining two rounds

We have now awarded Action Grants totalling £632,000 to 712 projects across Derbyshire in six rounds of the scheme since it launched in May 2018.

Community groups, clubs, charities and parish councils are being encouraged to apply for the seventh round which is open now up to a deadline of 31 January 2020. Successful applicants so far have been able to show they promoted one or more of the Action Grant themes:

Youth activity

Including setting up youth clubs, organising activities for young people, projects to help young people gain new skills or schemes to help them deal with mental health issues

Community activity

Such as setting up new community groups, organising a local event or starting a community project

Physical activity and sport

Money for schemes to encourage residents of all ages to take part in physical activities, keep fit and stay healthy – or which encourage people to get active if they’re not already

Community safety

Grants for projects to reduce crime and the fear of crime including raising awareness about scams and rogue trading, schemes to tackle anti-social behaviour and initiatives to help residents keep themselves safe.

Grants awarded in the latest round will fund activities including tackling:

  • anti-social behaviour and scams
  • sports training and facilities
  • theatre groups
  • choirs
  • music events
  • allotments
  • developing apps
  • art workshops
  • adventure activities for youth groups
  • counselling support
  • building refurbishment
  • equipment for community buildings
  • toddler groups
  • green schemes
  • clubs for older people
  • activities to support disabled people

Derbyshire County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism Councillor Barry Lewis said:

“There are lots of inspiring projects going on in Derbyshire communities and I am pleased that we are able to support many of these with our Action Grants.

“A growing number of the applications have been for environmental schemes as residents become more conscious of helping to reduce the carbon footprint in their communities. These are very welcome as are applications across all four categories.

“People of all ages are benefiting and I’d like to thank the staff and volunteers who put in so much time and effort to run these schemes.

“If you’re involved with a community group, club or charity in Derbyshire an Action Grant could be just the helping hand you need. Think what your group could do with £500 and send us your applications.

“The process is quick and simple and if you apply now for the January deadline we’ll aim to give you a decision within four weeks.”

The deadline for the current seventh round of Action Grant applications is 31 January 2020.

There will be one more round until the scheme ends on 31 May 2020. The May round will include a number of £5,000 and £10,000 grants in addition to the £500 ones. The larger grants are available for schemes which can be shown to offer long-term benefits for local people and promote two or more of the Action Grants themes.

Meanwhile, our cabinet members have asked officers to look at introducing a new grant scheme to support local communities to take action on climate change.

Find out more about Action Grants including full details of deadlines and list of recipients so far, along with videos of some of the successful applicants.