15 January 2013

Organisations have until this Friday (January 18) to submit applications for the cash grants scheme, which was set up by Northamptonshire County Council and allocates money through a Dragon’s Den-style bidding process.

The Community Action Grants initiative has made 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

The scheme was re-launched this year following the success of a pilot last year.

Cllr Joan Kirkbride, deputy leader of Northamptonshire County Council said: “I’m delighted that after the success of the Community Action Grants scheme last year we’ve been inviting applications for this year’s initiative.

“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 a county council cabinet member. Representatives from the private sector, media and voluntary sector organisations will also be invited to add their expertise as members of the panel.

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