January deadline for Community Chest grant applications

Voluntary and community groups in need of financial assistance are invited to apply for funding from Northumberland County Council’s Community Chest fund by January 11th.

Grants are available for a wide range of community causes and projects including events, community buildings or for the purchase of equipment, and the council is putting out a final call from applications for the 2018/2019 financial year.

There are still funds available in Ashington & Blyth; Tynedale; Castle Morpeth; and Cramlington, Bedlington & Seaton Valley areas.  Funds have all been allocated for this year in the North Northumberland area.

The Community Chest can support one off initiatives, including those that will help the development of long term projects that are valuable to the area.  It cannot be used for revenue funding such as wages or running costs.

For local schemes, there is a £5,000 upper grant limit, with a maximum award of 75% of the costs eligible for funding under the scheme.  

For county-wide initiatives the upper limit is £10,000, subject to to the same 75% maximum of eligible costs.

The deadline for this round of funding is Friday 11th January 2019.

Councillor Nick Oliver, cabinet member for corporate resources at Northumberland County Council said: “We still have some funds remaining for this year, particularly in the Ashington & Blyth and Tynedale areas, and are very keen to allocate these to valuable community projects.

“The Community Chest scheme aims to support Northumberland’s diverse range of voluntary groups and organisations working hard for the benefit of residents across the county.”

The Community Chest budget is managed and allocated locally by each of Northumberland’s local area councils, with the overall fund for each based broadly on the population living within the area.

The Community Chest fund has been in operation in Northumberland since 2009 and over its lifetime there have been over 1,650 awards totalling £3 million made to voluntary and community groups to develop projects that enhance the environment, improve health and wellbeing and strengthen communities.

For more information or to apply to the fund you can go to www.northumberland.gov.uk and search for ‘Community Chest’ or email: communitychest@northumberland.gov.uk
 
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