Community groups given grants to fund new projects

FOUR community groups are among the latest to benefit from grants given by Derbyshire County Council’s (DCC) Community Action Grant fund.

lHarpur Hill Parent Volunteer Group will use their £992 grant to create raised beds and buyi mini-greenhouses, as well as purchasing soil and compost for a gardening project at the children’s centre.

lFunding of £1,000 will go towards the installation of a lighting rig and sound equipment at Spring Bank Arts in New Mills.

lThe Whaley Bridge Association will use their £800 to pay for a community kitchen, including a professional gas barbecue and all the necessary tools plus hygiene and health and safety training.

lTideswell Cinema, a volunteer-run community initiative, will use their £1,000 to purchase a high definition satellite receiver and install a satellite dish and a Dolby centre speaker.

The funding is from the latest round of Big Society grants, a £250,000 pot available for small not-for-profit groups and organisations to support their work in local communities.

DCC Cabinet Member for Public Health Cllr Carol Hart said: “We know that even a small amount of money can make a real difference to what they want to achieve so we’re delighted to support them with our Big Society grants.”

For more information about Community Action Grants or to apply see Alternatively find out more at your local library or contact Call Derbyshire at or call 08456 058 058 or 01629 533190.