Our councillors set to consider new £1.5m action grant boost for community groups

Extra cash for clubs, community groups and charities across Derbyshire is set to be made available under proposals to be considered by our Cabinet next week.

If approved, a total of 2,000 action grants of £500 each would be offered up until 31 January 2020 to local organisations with plans and projects that would benefit their local community.

A further £500,000 could also be made available for projects which aim to improve health and encourage physical activity.

Our Cabinet will consider the proposals at a meeting on Thursday 5 April.

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

"Making grants available to local community projects and groups is one of the clear commitments we have made in our Council Plan.

"If approved, the money would give Derbyshire residents the support and the freedom to bring real and lasting benefits to the area where they live. It would help to provide a whole range of opportunities which really do bring people together through activity and make our county a safer, healthier place to live."

  • Youth Activity Grants would be available to help 11 to 19-year-olds by setting up projects like youth clubs and arts and music schemes, as helping young people to enhance their entrepreneurial and employment skills.
  • A number of enhanced youth activity grants would be available for work which helps vulnerable young people at risk of sexual exploitation or radicalisation, or who are struggling to find jobs and training opportunities.
  • Community Safety Grants would aim to help Derbyshire people to reduce the fear of crime in their communities, address the causes of anti-social behaviour, combat the effects of alcohol and drug abuse and help raise awareness of rogue traders, online fraud and scams.
  • Community Action Grants would enable residents' groups to give their area a boost by setting up new clubs, arranging events like fetes and protecting the local environment.
  • Physical Activity grants would get communities moving together by funding innovative ways of improving access to sport and exercise

If proposals are approved by Cabinet next week, in addition to the 2,000 small grants of up to £500, medium grants of up to £5,000 would also be available to new projects which have strong local support and can be shown to be able to bring significant community benefits.

Large grants of up to £10,000 would be offered to a new project which can be shown to provide long-term benefits and which may promote two or more of the scheme's four themes − youth activity, community action, community safety and physical activity.

Decisions for the awarding of grants would be made by a panel with a detailed knowledge of youth, community and physical activity projects which are already available across the county.

Councillor Lewis said:

"If Cabinet approves the proposals, we would want groups of all kinds to take advantage of this offer over the next two years. This money would be additional to other funding pots which our elected members can offer to projects and causes in their area.

"The people who understand the needs of their communities best of all are those who live there and who already volunteer to provide and organise activities there. If approved, they could use these grants to help make a real difference which will benefit others for many years to come."

Subject to Cabinet approval we propose to offer:

  • 750 Youth Activity Grants
  • 500 Community Safety Grants
  • 375 Community Activity Grants
  • 375 Physical Activity and Sport Grants

Derbyshire groups, organisations, charities and residents can sign up to an email newsletter for updates about the scheme at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/action 

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