Image demonstrating Community Chest Scheme opens its coffers for Tynedale area

Community Chest Scheme opens its coffers for Tynedale area

Community groups in Tynedale 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 West Northumberland Food Bank recently received a grant of £1,000 towards the costs of new ICT equipment for the centre.

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 West Northumberland Food Bank 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 Tynedale is 12th January 2018.  

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