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Applications open for funding scheme

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Community groups in south-east Northumberland are being encouraged to bid for support from a funding scheme.

Community Chest, run by Northumberland County Council, awards grants of up to £5,000 to support community groups and organisations county-wide.

More than 1,500 projects have benefitted from £2.8million in grants since 2009

The Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project recently received a grant of £5,000 to support the costs of computers, music equipment and a new archery facility for the young members.

Executive manager Robert Hall MBE said: “As a result of the Community Chest Scheme, the young people now have the opportunity to take part in multiple activities that they wouldn’t normally get to do. Young carers and young people with disabilities are some of the groups accessing the project every week. The new activities can give them a chance to meet other young people in similar situations, build up their skills, independence and confidence, as well as achieving and having fun.”

The closing date for Community Chest Scheme applications is January 12. For more information, visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/Campaigns/Community-Chest-Scheme.aspx
Coun Nick Oliver, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services at Northumberland County Council, said: “The Community Chest Fund is a fantastic opportunity for local community groups and organisations to enhance their services which will ultimately benefit the local community.

“The Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project is a great example of how the funding can make a difference to local people.”

“The scheme contributes to achieving our ambition for Northumberland, which is to support voluntary and community groups and organisations to deliver activities to maintain and create sustainable communities.”