Community fund is open

Community groups across the county are being offered funding to help deliver projects through a special initiative.

Northumberland County Council’s community chest programme aims to support activities that will benefit and are needed by local communities.

It is open to any voluntary or community, not-for-profit groups or organisations based in, or predominantly serving Northumberland.

The money can be used for a range of purposes including events, or to buy equipment.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available and there is no minimum amount for applications.

The community chest fund will support one-off initiatives, including those that will help support the development of sustainable long term projects that are seen as valuable to the area.

Priority will be given to projects that are submitted by small community groups and groups that have not received a grant from this fund in the past and for initiatives.

Coun David Ledger, policy board member for corporate resources, said: “Community groups are often enthusiastic to do more to meet the needs of their communities but lack of money is often a major obstacle for them.

“The community chest is a popular grant fund and has helped a wide variety of hard-working groups right across the county to finance worthwhile community causes.”

There will be three funding opportunities over the year, with the deadline for the next round September 5.

The applications will be considered by funding panels made up of councillors from across the county.

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