Cash will benefit communities

People in Erewash will benefit from the latest round of Rural Community Grants that look set to be given the go ahead at a Council Executive meeting on 4 December.
 
The scheme allows parish councils to apply for a share of £250,000 of funding over four years and is designed to help meet some of the costs of new capital projects.
 
Ockbrook and Borrowash Parish Council has applied for £2,070 to help fund improvements to the access route at Borrowash Burial Ground, which is being converted into a Garden of Remembrance. This will enable contractors to start work at the site. 
 
Two extensions to deadlines for previously approved grants awarded to Sandiacre Parish Council are also expected to be agreed. The grants were agreed in September 2017 but the money was not spent within the 12 month deadline. The first was for £10,000 to support Sandiacre Town FC’s project to build a new 3G artificial pitch at Sandiacre Friesland School. The other was £12,500 to help the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust to pay for the extraction of the lock chamber and remedial work at Sandiacre Lock. 
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, said:
 
“The Rural Community Grant Scheme has been successful in meeting the costs of new capital projects which benefit the community, bring local people together and improve neighbourhood engagement.
 
“The council continues to recognise the value of the work done by local groups and parish     councils in the community through this scheme.”
    
The council allocated £250,000 to support capital projects over four years through the Rural Community Grant Scheme, which ends in March 2019. Applications for the current round of funding close on 17 December. Apply at erewash.gov.uk/grants