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Community grant scheme open for next round of bids in Northumberland

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Community groups across the county are being offered funding to help deliver projects as Northumberland County Council extends its community chest scheme for another year.

The council has made £300,000 available to community groups to support activities that will benefit and are needed by local communities. 

The grant scheme is open to any voluntary or community, not-for-profit groups or organisations based in, or predominantly serving Northumberland. 

The money can be used for a range of community causes including events, or for the purchase of equipment. It will also support one-off initiatives, including those that will help support the development of sustainable long term projects that are seen as valuable to the area.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available and there is no minimum amount for applications.  

The council is particularly keen to hear from organisations that have not previously received funding through the scheme.

The deadline for the next round of funding applications is 5 June 2020. The application process has been made as simple as possible and applications will be considered by funding panels made up of councillors from across the county. 

Northumberland County Councillor Nick Oliver, cabinet member with responsibility for corporate resources said:

“ Community groups are often enthusiastic to do more to meet the needs of their communities but lack of money is often a major obstacle for them.  The community chest is a popular grant fund that has helped hundreds of hard-working groups finance worthwhile community causes. ”

 For more information about the fund, or for an application form, log on to www.northumberland.gov.uk 

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