Grants up for grabs

Community groups seeking support can get financial help through a new-look small grants fund, launching at the beginning of July.

Run by residents for residents, the Your Vote Your Choice scheme will offer grants of between £100 and £750 each to causes in the community.

Members of the public will be invited to support their favourite cause at a Big Vote event in Alfreton, on Saturday, November 17.

The scheme has been designed by a panel of Ripley based housing association Futures Homescape, which is providing support for the application process, and investment for the fund.

The easy-to-follow application is targeted at groups who may not have experience of bidding for funding. Applicants could include scout and guide associations, sports clubs, and social activity groups.

Your Vote Your Choice panel member, Karen Slater from Belper, said: “It’s really exciting to be a part of a project that is going to make such a difference to so many people.

“New funding routes have never been more vital to deserving causes, many of which are struggling in the current economic climate.

“What really sets it apart is that everyone living in the local area will get a vote on how the money is spent. You decide.”