09 June 2014

A new grants programme being launched by Northamptonshire County Council will see £200,000 be made available for innovative community projects.

The county council has developed the new fund to support initiatives which will improve health and wellbeing, will help people take charge of their lives and make a difference.

The new programme, which is called Seed Funding for Innovative Community Projects, will offer one-off, individual grants of £1,000 to £10,000 to support innovative and enterprising projects in which people and communities offer support to each other, particularly in the fields of public health or adult social care.

Successful applicants must have match funding of at least 20% (which can include 'in kind' contributions) of the overall cost of the project and will be required to sign up to localgiving.com.

What other funding is available?

The new fund joins three other county council grants programmes that are already available:

Youth small grants programme

The youth small grants programme offers individual grants of £2,500 to £10,000 that can be used to either develop ongoing project activity or start a new project for young people aged 10 to 19 years (or 10 to 25 years for those who have a disability.)

The priority for this grants programme is to fund activities that will help children and young people to achieve their best in education, to be ready for work and to have the necessary skills for life as well as to help them grow up healthy and have improved life chances.
Successful applicants must be able to provide funding for at least 25% of the overall cost of the project.

Small grants programme

The small grants programme offers individual grants of £500 to £5,000 for activities that help the wellbeing of communities and must benefit the community at large, or a section of it.
The money can be used for one-off type costs and successful applicants must be able to provide funding for at least 25% of the overall cost of the project. In addition grant recipients will be required to sign up to localgiving.com

Applications are welcomed for projects that will encourage a greater number of people to feel that they belong to the county and their communities, that will involve more people within the community as active citizens and volunteers and that will give people the skills, training and education to be more employable.

Arts grants programme

The arts grants programme aims to support a broad range of high quality arts activity across the county that will improve the wellbeing of the county.
Applicants may apply for grants between a minimum of £5,000 and maximum of £20,000 per year. Large scale projects can apply up to a maximum of £40,000 that can be spread over a two-year period.

Cabinet member for public health and wellbeing Councillor Robin Brown said: “We are very pleased to be able to launch this new fund and are looking forward to seeing applications from organisations with enterprising and innovative ideas.

"We’re investing an extra £200,000 to support projects which will see people and communities support each other, particularly with regard to public health or social care. We also want projects that will eventually become financially self-sufficient, so that they can continue when the initial investment has ended.”

Cabinet member for adult social care, Councillor Suresh Patel said: “Funding is available for schemes that support the council’s overall goals of improving the wellbeing of local communities and helping people to take charge of their lives. It’s a chance for local organisations and projects to apply for money that will make a real difference.”

How do I apply?

Anyone interested in applying for a grant from any of these schemes should contact the Northamptonshire Community Foundation.