Image demonstrating Community Chest Scheme opens its coffers for South East Northumberland

Community Chest Scheme opens its coffers for South East Northumberland

Community groups in South East Northumberland are being encouraged to bid for support in a successful county-wide funding scheme.

Community Chest, run by Northumberland County Council, awards grants of up to £5,000 to support community groups and organisations county-wide. The funding can help with costs by issuing 75% of the total amount required, towards equipment for community group activities and sports, venue refurbishments, transport facilities and much more.

More than 1,500 projects have benefitted from £2.8 million in grants since 2009, which has contributed or helped towards £20 million worth of projects within Northumberland.

The Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project recently received a grant of £5,000 to support the costs of computers, music equipment and a new archery facility for the young members.

The project offers a range of opportunities than can further the social and personal development of young people.

Executive Manager, Robert Hall MBE, said: “As a result of the Community Chest Scheme, the young people now have the opportunity to take part in multiple activities that they wouldn’t normally get to do, such as archery, music and the opportunity to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze Silver and Gold level.

“Young carers and young people with disabilities are some of the groups accessing
the project every week. The new activities can give them a chance to meet other young people in similar situations, build up their skills independence and confidence. As well as achieving and having fun.”

A ‘Help for You’ fund is also available, which offers grants of up to £200 for young people aged under 18 to support them in pursuing an ambition. A maximum of £2,000 is available for each local area. Any young person considering applying should demonstrate leadership, sporting excellence or another endeavour, which will inspire other young people or project a positive role model for others to follow.

Cllr Nick Oliver, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services at Northumberland County Council, said: “The Community Chest Fund is a fantastic opportunity for local community groups and organisations to enhance their services which will ultimately benefit the local community.

“The Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project is a great example of how the funding can make a difference to local people.”  

“The scheme contributes to achieving our ambition for Northumberland, which is to support voluntary and community groups and organisations to deliver activities to maintain and create sustainable communities.”

The closing date for Community Chest Scheme applications in South East Northumberland is 12th January 2018.  

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