Council to give extra funding to local groups

More funding has been provided by a local council to offer help to community groups in Blyth.

Blyth Town Council made the decision to almost double the amount of money awarded to organisations as part of its Community Chest grants.

Because of the major changes taking place with funding for community activities nationally, the council has increased its budget from £98,000 to £188,000.

The majority of this increase is dedicated to Community Support grants, where awards of up to £25,000 can be applied for and monies can be used for both capital and core costs.

There are three grant committees per year and the first meeting this year allocated nearly double the total grants for 2012 to 2013 – £82,496.43 – as opposed to £42,776.66 for the full year.

And last week there was a formal presentation for the recipients of the first round of grants at the council’s chamber in Blyth.

Applications for the remaining portion of this budget – a total of £105,503.57 – will be considered at Grant Committee meetings scheduled for October 10, 2013, and February 13, 2014.

Closing dates for applications are Monday, September 30, and January 31, 2014 respectively.

Further details of the different tiers of funding, guidance notes and application forms can be found by visiting