£1 million sports grants up for grabs

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Partnerships of local groups are being invited to bid for cash to build better communities from a new £1m Derbyshire County Council (DCC) fund.

Available through the fund will be one-off capital grants of upto £250,000 for building projects or permanent equipment such as play or sports facilities which residents will be able to use for at least ten years.

Priority will be given to partnerships that have already raised their own funds towards a new project, are well developed and can get started in the next 12 to 18 months and can demonstrate an ability to support future running costs.

DCC Leader Andrew Lewer said: “The scheme strengthens our commitment to supporting community self-help action where local people have a real desire to make a difference and improve life in their communities.”

The grant scheme will be launched in June. Groups can sign up now for email alerts at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/community.