High Peak groups to receive their share of a £41k community grant

AN access group, a heritage centre and a scout group are among 48 groups across the county to benefit from £41,040 given out from the Derbyshire County Council’s Community Action Grant fund.

The county council introduced the Big Society grants last June with a £250,000 funding pot available for small not-for-profit groups and organisations to support their work.

Grants of up to £1,000 will be awarded over seven rounds by the end of this year.

In the latest round of grants 14th Buxton Scout Group has been awarded £1,000 towards general hut improvements; Bradwell Pre-School will use their £1,000 grant to create a playground and Buxton and District Summer Club has £800 to pay for marketing to recruit volunteers and put them through the necessary training.

Buxton Sparkles, a group that organised the Christmas lights switch-on, has received £550 to run lantern and willow sculpture workshops, and High Peak Access Group have £925 to publicise their new website and workshops to improve knowledge and understanding of disability issues.

New Mills Heritage and Information Centre will use their £1,000 grant for improvement works at the centre, while High Peak Women’s Aid has been given £1,000 to buy school uniforms, PE and other equipment, footwear and a winter coat for children who live in a refuge.

Cabinet Member for Public Health Councillor Carol Hart said: “We know a Community Action Grant could make a real difference to the kind of services they can offer and it’s been extremely encouraging to see the kind of projects local people want to get up and running or expand across the county.”

The deadline for the fourth round of grants is Friday April 27.

For more information or to apply visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/cag. Alternatively residents can find out more at their local library or contact Call Derbyshire at contact.centre@derbyshire.gov.uk or call 08456 058 058 or 01629 533190.