Applications open for Derbyshire grants scheme

Posted by: Laura O'Neil

Tue 15th February 2022

Community groups, clubs, local charities and non-profit organisations can now apply for the Derbyshire Grants scheme.

There is a pot of £1.5m to be allocated over the next two years to help fund projects and events that support one or more of the council’s five main priorities and help local communities to thrive.

These priorities are:

  • helping residents feel safe
  • supporting young people
  • encouraging residents to be more active
  • supporting ‘green’ issues and sustainability
  • encouraging people to get involved in their communities.

Grants in the new scheme are divided into four main types:

  • small grants – supporting activity or projects up to £1,000
  • medium grants – supporting activity or projects between £1,001 – £20,000
  • large grants – supporting projects and programmes between £20,001 – £50,000
  • exceptional – supporting projects which are over £50,000.

Council leader, Cllr Barry Lewis said: “I would encourage groups across the county to apply for these grants which can make all the difference to local communities.

“It could pay for a youth club activity, green scheme, promote exercise or sport, encourage people to get together or get active, there are so many possibilities.

“There will be hundreds of grants available – from £1,000 to potentially more than £50,000.

“Even a little financial help can make all the difference between being able to provide a much-needed local activity or not and if we can help make it happen then it will help create a lasting legacy of enjoyment and participation in communities across Derbyshire.”

Cabinet member for health and communities Cllr Carol Hart said she was pleased to be able to deliver on the council’s commitment to continue supporting a grant scheme for the local voluntary and community sector.

“Hundreds of groups do amazing work across Derbyshire every year, making a real difference to communities,” said Councillor Hart. “This large investment in local people and communities will create opportunities for groups and organisations to adapt, develop and grow.”