Funding for local agencies, charities and community groups announced

Published: Wednesday, 26 April 2017

This year Northampton Borough Council has allocated almost £600,000 to support local agencies, charities and community groups to continue their work, helping communities and residents in the town.

The Council’s partnership grant funding has been awarded to 32 non-profit organisations that offer practical support, advice and guidance to people in Northampton.

Of the 32 organisations, 28 will receive the funding for one year and four will benefit from funding for three years, after extended grants became available for the first time in January.

Councillor Jonathan Nunn, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “Over the past few years, the Council has made millions of pounds available to non-profit organisations and groups that provide support services for people.

“With so many fantastic organisations in Northampton, allocating funding is always going to be a difficult task. We are, however, extremely pleased to be supporting 32 organisations this year, and we know that the grants allocated will help make a difference to the lives of many people across the town.”

The funding was allocated by a panel of seven, including representatives across parties and from local charities.

The organisations awarded Council partnership grants for 2017/18 are:

Spencer Contact – a furniture turnaround charity that supports people affected by poverty and hardship - £15,000

Liberty Drums Corps - an American style High School Marching band supporting personal development in young people - £6,590

Northamptonshire Rape Crisis - charity providing counselling and support for survivors of sexual abuse and their non offending family - £15,000

Umbrella Fair Organisation – a community organisation promoting sustainable living, environmental awareness and community co-operation - £15,000

The Good Loaf CIC – a social enterprise helping to break to cycle of poverty, unemployment and offending by offering employment opportunities to vulnerable women - £10,000

The Lowdown – a charity offering a broad range of support services to children and young adults - £17,500

Unity Leisure Northampton Leisure Trust – an organisation providing sport (and development), leisure, play and cultural cinema opportunities for local communities - £8,500

Northampton Street Pastors - volunteers from local Churches who provide care, support and help to people using Northampton Town Centre on Friday and Saturday evenings - £8,000

Northampton Men's Sheds – a voluntary organisation for older men who would like to work with buddies to learn fresh skills and find purpose and companionship - £15,000

Home-Start Northampton – a charity supporting parents with isolation, bereavement, multiple births, illness, disability or those who are just finding parenting a struggle - £18,000

Northampton Town FC Football in the Community Programme – promoting health, social inclusion and helping young people reach their potential - £25,000

Community Spaces Northampton Youth Project – Delivering open access youth work sessions in community centre spaces - £15,000

Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire – improving the quality of life for residents by supporting voluntary and community action - £10,000

Northampton Hope Centre – a charity helping to relieve poverty and tackle the causes of homelessness in Northampton - £10,000

Northampton Music 365 – a not for profit community group helping to raise the profile of the town through musical activity and promotion - £5,000

Community Spaces Northampton – a charity promoting social inclusion through the management of eight community centres - £15,000

Bridge Substance Misuse Programme Ltd – a peer support project offering assistance to people with serious substance misuse problems - £10,000

Action Support UK Ltd on behalf of our Division Scooter 2 Go – a not for profit organisation providing scooter and wheelchair hire in Northampton Town Centre- £10,000

MHA Live at Home Northampton - a charity improving the quality of life for older people by providing care, accommodation and support services - £8,000

Relate Northamptonshire – a charity helping to improve relationships by providing counselling support - £8,000

Singing4Breathing – a singing group set up to help people who have been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or other breathing conditions - £6,000

Community Centre joint bid Blackthorn Good Neighbours - a registered charity helping to improve lives by developing services to meet local needs - £15,000

Care & Repair Northamptonshire – a provider of practical services designed to enable older and disabled people to continue to live safe, warm and secure within their own homes - £5,000

Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council – a charity campaigning for social justice by raising awareness of human rights and supporting anyone affected by hate incidents - £5,000

Tools for Self Reliance – a charity providing work experience and voluntary opportunities for adults with disabilities, health issues or other disadvantages - £8,000

Association of Northamptonshire Supplementary Schools Ltd – an umbrella organisation enhancing the learning experiences of young people through the provision of out of school hours activities - £10,000

Dostiyo Asian Women and Girls Organisation – advice and support to help overcome barriers of language, culture, racial prejudice and isolation that Asian women and girls often face - £4,000

Indian Hindu Welfare Organisation – a voluntary organisation focused on enriching the lives of Northampton’s Hindus by meeting their social, cultural, welfare and health needs - £5,000

The organisation awarded funding for three years are:

Manna House Counselling Service - part of the Manna House Trust - A professionally trained service making counselling services accessible and available to all communities in Northampton – £12,000

Northampton Women's Aid - Providing support, advice and refuge for women who have experienced domestic abuse - £20,000

Age UK Northamptonshire - a local, independent charity supporting older people through services, activities and campaigns - £40,000

Northampton Door to Door Service - provides transport services to residents who, due to disability or age related frailty, are unable to use conventional public transport services - £25,410