24 October 2011

Applications are now being invited for cash grants, which will be allocated by Northamptonshire County Council to organisations through a Dragon’s Den-style bidding process.

The Community Action Grants initiative will make available single year individual grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 from a funding pot totalling £100,000.

The grants are available to any organisation with ideas for a community centred scheme or project, and will be assessed in line with core Big Society principles:

• It can be demonstrated that the project improves lives in a community
• The scheme strengthens community ties and identity
• The scheme identifies and positively addresses a recognised local issue

Applications will be invited over a period of seven weeks with the closing date for entries at noon on Friday, December 9.

Cllr Joan Kirkbride, deputy leader of Northamptonshire County Council said:
“I’m delighted that the process has now started and I’m looking forward to seeing the innovative ideas people come up with and how they can help their communities.

“Community Action Grants will make a big difference to people. Most of us are familiar with the Dragon’s Den-style process, which is associated with identifying pioneering concepts, and this is the sort of thinking we’re trying to promote.”

After an initial application process and pre-selection rounds, a final shortlist of applicants will be compiled and invited to attend the final Dragon’s Den event.

During this event organisations will present their ideas to a small panel of ‘dragons’ including county council cabinet members. Representatives from the private sector, media and youth organisations will also be invited to add their expertise as members of the panel.

For more information and details of how to apply click here , e-mail bigsociety@northamptonshire.gov.uk or contact 01604 236816.