WNDC extends community funding boundaries

From: WNDC
Published: Wed Jan 20 2010

Even more community groups across Northampton, Daventry and Towcester are now eligible to apply for funding from West Northamptonshire Development Corporation’s Stronger Communities Fund.

The £750,000 Fund, which is managed and distributed by Northamptonshire Community Foundation, is open to applications from any not-for-profit, voluntary or community groups operating in local communities affected by growth.

On 19th January 2010, the board of WNDC approved an extension to the operational boundaries of the fund. Previously, the scheme only covered communities which had been identified as most likely to be directly affected by the growth plans for the area. However, the fund now covers the full local authority districts of Northampton, Daventry and Towcester.

Chief Executive of WNDC, Peter Mawson said: "We are delighted that even more people across the west of Northamptonshire will be eligible to apply for the Stronger Communities Fund. Since being established in 2008, this programme has been a real success story, supporting a wide range of people young and old, as well as a diverse selection of activities ranging from sport clubs to transport schemes"

Victoria Miles, Northamptonshire Community Foundation Chief Executive, said: "We are delighted to be working with WNDC and this excellent news means that more groups than ever before will now be able to benefit from much needed grants. These grants make a huge difference and capital funding in particular – such as equipment purchase and building renovation, is often difficult to secure. This makes the Stronger Communities Fund particularly valuable for the people in and around Northampton, Daventry and Towcester."

The Stronger Communities Fund project was established in September 2008 with an allocation of £750, 000 capital funding over three years to support the increased engagement of community and voluntary groups in sports and culture across West Northamptonshire.

Since being established it has awarded a total of £367,545 to groups across the area. This includes projects such as:

• The Northampton Banshees Korfball Club, which used its £2,714 award to pay for equipment, sports hall hire, coaching and publicity materials.
• The Sikh Community Centre and Youth Club in Northampton, which used its award of £7,600 to pay for all kinds of equipment, including arts and crafts materials and a Wii fit console, as well as furniture.
• The Bridge Substance Misuse Programme in Northampton, which was awarded £19,000 to equip a gym.
• The Old Village Charity in Walgrave, which received a grant of £7,750 to establish a film club.
• And ChessPoint Services in Northampton, which used an award of £2,370 to buy equipment to enable it to expand activities into coaching and tournaments.

To apply for a grant please go directly to Northamptonshire Community Foundation and ring our grants team on 01604 230033 or log on to www.ncf.uk.com.

Company: WNDC
Contact Name: Nick Tite
Contact Email: Nicholas.Tite@wndc.org.uk
Contact Phone: 07988 608756

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