28 November 2012

A cash grant scheme, set up by Northamptonshire County Council and aimed at organisations through a Dragon’s Den-style bidding process, is inviting a second round of applications following the success of the initiative last year.

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 from December 3 over a period of seven weeks with the closing date for entries on Friday, January 18, 2013.

Cllr Joan Kirkbride, deputy leader of Northamptonshire County Council said: “After the success of the Community Action Grants scheme last year I’m delighted to announce that we’re now inviting applications for this year.

“We’ve seen some very positive results because of the grants which have been allocated and they really do 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 on March 8, 2013.

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 to apply, see our Community Action Grants page.

For enquiries, please e-mail bigsociety@northamptonshire.gov.uk or contact 01604 366105.