Group grants up for grabs

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Community groups or residents’ organisations in the Ilkeston North area could be granted a cash boost towards projects that help improve the area and life for local people.

The area will receive £50,865 from 2011-2015 under the new Community First initiative, an £80m Government-funded scheme to support and help regenerate communities across the country.

Erewash Borough Council is represented alongside residents, a community group and a business on the Ilkeston North Community First Panel, which has been set up to co-ordinate bids - and now local groups are being encouraged to apply for between £250 and £2,500 before the July 17 deadline for the latest round of grants.

Cllr Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council’s deputy leader and lead member for community engagement, said: “I am sure this new opportunity for grants will be warmly welcomed by everyone in the Ilkeston North area.

“ Community groups in this ward work hard to provide some excellent support projects for local people – but we also know that securing funding for this work is a constant battle.

“I would urge groups to find out more by visiting the new website and downloading an application form – and get in touch before the deadline.”

More information, application forms and guidance notes can be found at