Community Facilities Fund re-opens for applications

northants council logoA fund to support the development of public facilities throughout the district is now open for the sixth year!


The Community Facilities Fund (CFF) was set up by East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) using money it receives from central government as new homes are created in the district. This ‘New Homes Bonus’ is based on the number of properties added to the Council Tax base each year, including new builds and empty properties being brought back into use.


Constituted community groups including voluntary organisations and charities, as well as town and parish councils can bid for grants of up to £50,000 for capital projects which aim to enhance the district and benefit the whole community.


Previous projects have included building and construction work (such as Raunds Manor School, who received £50,000 to create a multi-sport astro-turf pitch), as well as purchasing large items of equipment (like Thrapston Town Council, granted £36,767 for play equipment).


Councillor Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “As new homes are built, the demand on community facilities often increases, so it makes sense to use some of the money we get from central government to help develop these projects.


“Last year 10 community groups benefitted from this fund, including Raunds’ Manor School and Thrapston Town Council. Over the next couple of years, we will see new facilities take shape and hope that all of them will make an important contribution to local people’s health and wellbeing, with an increase in active recreation.


“Now another round of funding is open and we’re looking forward to seeing what our local communities bid for to help make East Northants an even better place to live, work and play in.”


This year, the application stage has been extended to give even more groups the chance to apply. So there’s plenty of time to think carefully about what would benefit your community.


For details about the process and eligibility, visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/cff Please read the terms and conditions carefully before applying.


You can email communitydevelopment@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk or call 01832 742268 for more information.


Eligibility application forms must be submitted by 5 September 2018.

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