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District groups boosted by another bumper year of funding

Written by on July 6, 2020

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District groups boosted by another bumper year of funding

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Community and voluntary groups have benefited from more than £250,000 in funding from Daventry District Council (DDC) over the last year.

This included a £85,000 revenue grant for Citizen’s Advice Daventry District, helping them to respond to nearly 5,000 client enquiries and identify more than £1.8million of unclaimed welfare benefits to help people.

Daventry Area Community Transport (DACT) was provided with £25,000 to help them provide more than 41,000 passenger trips through their car and minibus schemes and take more than 3,000 bookings for mobility aids through their Shopmobility scheme.

Daventry Contact received £20,000 to help their project to refurbish and distribute furniture and other household items, allowing them to help around 180 families and individuals in the district.

A further £20,000 was provided to Daventry Volunteer Centre, helping them give advice to 130 voluntary and community organisations, as well as to place 300 volunteers with different groups.

Long Buckby Library was allocated £15,000 to help retain this vital service in the village, while Citizen’s Advice Daventry District was awarded £3,000 to support clients who are seeking settled status as a result of Brexit.

A total of £81,000 was awarded to a range of District groups to help make improvements to buildings or facilities, cover the cost of training or expenses, and help them put on fundraising events.

And around £20,000 was shared by groups signed up to DDC’s Local Lotto as a result of ticket sales, while more than £5,000 was handed out to groups from the Local Lotto Community Pot.

The grants are managed by DDC’s Community Projects Team, who have also worked with groups on a range of community projects, including Good Neighbour Schemes, the monthly Veterans Breakfast Club, the Refill scheme to reduce single-use plastic use, and the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan, which is aiming to deliver more charging points across the District.

More recently, the Team has played an important role in co-ordinating the volunteer efforts to help those in need during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Daventry District Council’s Community, Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder, Councillor Alan Hills said: “We are delighted to be able to support so many fantastic groups through our programme of grants and projects.

“These grants provide a lifeline for organisations in the community and voluntary sector, helping them meet demand for services, and enabling improvement work on community buildings and facilities. Many of the grants we give out help groups lever in additional funding, benefitting communities even further.

“I know there are many worthwhile causes and projects out there that badly need our support, so please do not hesitate to contact our Community Projects team to see if we can help.”

Groups in Daventry District can find out more about the range of grants which are available at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/communitygrants<http://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/communitygrants>

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