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Local voluntary and community groups now have even more opportunities to apply for grants to help them with their work after Erewash Borough Council relaunched its Small Grants support into a new eight-week ‘rolling’ scheme.
The small grants programme offers the chance for community groups to apply for grants of up to £2,000 for innovative projects that help and support residents in the borough.
As part of the changes, the council’s awards panel will now meet every eight weeks to discuss the grant applications that have been received and make the awards to those groups that have been successful.
This week the council has announced its first two summer deadlines to enable community groups to start putting together their applications – with the first closing date confirmed as 5.30pm on Tuesday 31 May and the second as 5.30pm on Monday 25 July.
Councillor Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
“These changes mean that our small grants scheme now remains open all year rather than for the two or three ‘rounds’ that we have run previously.
“This is good news for all those groups, both large and small, that we have in our borough and we now want to hear from them and how a small grant could help them in their work to help and support residents of all ages and in all kinds of ways.
“So we’re open for business and we’re calling on all those community groups out there to apply for up to £2,000. Shout about your work and start preparing your application for money that will help you – you have the next two deadlines!”
Subject to funding remaining available, the next ‘rolling’ deadlines will be announced shortly.
Hundreds of groups in Erewash have been helped in recent years thanks to successful applications for a small grant and for the next awards, the council is particularly keen to hear about new or ground-breaking projects that could be helped by the money.
More details and an application form are available on the council’s website www.erewash.gov.uk – click on the ‘Community Living’ tab and then the ‘grants’ link.