Community groups in Amber Valley have shared nearly £7,000 in the latest round of grants from Derbyshire County Council.
A theatre company, an allotments association and a careline were among the worthy causes to receive a boost as £39,936 was awarded to 51 groups throughout the county in the second round of funding. The grants were introduced in June this year with a £250,000 funding pot to be awarded by the end of 2012 – supporting the work of voluntary groups to help build strong and flourishing communities.
Derbyshire County Council Leader Cllr Andrew Lewer said: “We are fortunate to have so many groups in Derbyshire doing wonderful things for our communities.
“This latest round of Community Action Grants again supports the work of groups in every district of Derbyshire through projects which benefit all age ranges.
“We have very strong links with the voluntary sector and I am delighted this money will help extend the work of so many outstanding groups.”
Alfreton’s Fifth Word Theatre got £1,000 to work with young people and older residents so that they can learn more about the lives of each other – capturing memories through photography, poems and artwork.
Co-director Angharad Jones said: “Our project is called “Talking About My Generation” which we’re running with the Polygon Youth Centre and Glebe Care Home in Alfreton.
“The idea is to promote understanding between the generations. Young people who will go into the care home and talk to residents about their memories.
“They’ll use drama to put stories on their feet and do a performance for the residents.
“We’re really excited about it. It starts in March and will maybe include an exhibition of photos working with pictures of the area.”
Waingroves Community Woodland Trust received £1,000 to provide a ‘Forest School’ for schools, pre-schools and young people’s groups.
Heage Parkside Allotment Association received £500 to repair an access road leading to Parkside Allotments.
Crich Careline got £390 to raise the profile and install a phone line for the service which is being set up to improve welfare for the elderly.
Ambergate Out-of-School Club received £990 to buy toys and learning equipment including arts and crafts, Lego, construction, board games and a table tennis table.
The 1st Crich Scout Group got £1,000 towards a replacement floor so that the Scout hut can be used by local community, charity and not-for-profit groups.
Milford Social Club got £1,000 to buy stacking chairs and folding tables so that the venue can be used as a community centre.
The Village Hall at Heage received £1,000 to build an accessible toilet for use by people at the well-used village hall.
Friends of Red River Group received £1,000 to create a pond viewing area at the Red River Local Nature Reserve.
The first phase of grants was awarded in September, with a total of £41,323 received by 57 grants.
Now a further £39,936 has been awarded to another 51 groups in the second phase of grants.
And the latest round of awards has seen 51 groups across the county awarded a total of £39,936.
Projects to receive money include children’s play schemes, community orchards, allotment projects and camping equipment for Scouts.
The deadline for the next round of Community Action Grants is January 27, 2012. For more information visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/cag.