The work that community groups in Derbyshire do is invaluable to so many of our residents. That’s why Derbyshire Labour Councillors will be setting up a new community fund to support their work.
At a cabinet meeting next week Labour Councillors will make arrangements for a £2.3 million fund to be set up which county councillors may apply for funding for projects in their areas. Funding will be targeted in areas where the level of need is highest and would benefit most from financial support.
There are numerous activities which could be funded through the scheme, they include:
- renovating community buildings
- covering start-up costs for new community organisations
- funding training activities to encourage more people to volunteer.
If approved, the scheme would run for two years and councillors would identify proposals by the end of July. Labour Councillors are determined to make sure that Derbyshire communities are supported at a time when government cuts threaten to choke off support for those who need it most.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Anne Western said: “As council budgets continue to shrink we are seeking innovative ways to help our communities. With austerity now really starting to bite we want to ensure that small voluntary groups continue to be supported throughout Derbyshire to help those who are being most affected by cuts made in Whitehall.
There are so many voluntary groups in our county that do amazing work and with a small amount of funding these organisations can make amazing things happen. We want to target our funding in places of the highest need and ensure that Derbyshire can continue to thrive.”
Areas that will be eligible to benefit from the scheme will be identified using the English Indices of Deprivation 2015 and the funding allocated to each area would be calculated using a sliding scale according to the level of need. Councillors will be speaking to their communities and identifying projects in the coming weeks.