Council Funding

The Council currently have three grant schemes that the public can apply to:-


Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG's) are mandatory grants that are available throughout the Borough for adaptions to the home to meet the needs of disabled owner-occupiers or tenants.

The Herbert Strutt Charity awards funds for charitable purposes to benefit residents of the area by Belper Town Council (including Milford)

The Langley Mill & Aldercar Young Peoples Activity Grants



DFGs (Disabled Facilities Grants) are mandatory grants that are available Borough-wide for adaptations to the home to meet the needs of disabled owner-occupiers or tenants

If you think that you or a member of your family may require work to enable them to access the property, move around the property or to be able to use essential facilities within the home then grant assistance may be available. If you require advice or information on the DFG process, please do not hesitate to contact the Grants Team.

Before the Council can accept a grant application we will need a referral from an Occupational Therapist or Community Care Worker following an assessment of the needs of the disabled person. To request an assessment from Social Services please contact the Amber Valley Area Social Services Office.

Please be aware that all major adaptations will be means tested - a preliminary test of resources will be carried out at an early stage to estimate whether you may have any contribution to make towards the cost of works.

For more information please visit the Direct Gov website.


The Herbert Strutt Charity Trust was established in 1986 and is administered jointly by Amber Valley Borough Council and Belper Town Council.

The fund is made up of the proceeds of sale of New Road Depot in Belper and also includes net sale proceeds from Gibfield Lane Baths, Belper and other minor sales.

The Charity awards Funds for charitable purposes to benefit residents of the area served by Belper Town Council (including Milford), in one or more of the following ways:

  • The relief of the aged and poor;
  • The relief of distress and sickness;
  • The provision and support, with the object of improving the condition of life for the residents of the area in the interests of social welfare of facilities for recreation and other leisure time occupation;
  • The provision and support of educational facilities.

The Charity is for the benefit of Belper residents, so meetings are normally held twice yearly at St John's Chapel, Belper, which is provided free of charge.

You can apply for a grant from the Charity either as part of an organisation or as an individual, as long as you are based in Belper and meet the criteria listed below. If your application does qualify for grant aid, it will be referred to a meeting of the Herbert Strutt Joint Management Committee and considered for funding alongside all other qualifying applications.

Application Form - Individuals

Application Form - Organisations

Herbert Strutt Charity Leaflet

Those applications that do not meet the Charity's criteria are advised accordingly and sent a directory of alternative potential funding agencies.


Langley Mill & Aldercar Young Peoples Activity Grants

The scheme, which has been funded by Asda, will award grants to fund activities for people up to the age of 18 that aim to provide a service, which strengthens community links in the area. Working with Rural Action Derbyshire, a voluntary organisation, which develops communities to empower themselves to improve the quality of life and facilities within their areas, the council consulted with people in Langley Mill and Aldercar about their priorities.

The Scheme provides grants of up to a maximum of £1,000, however the grant panel will look for projects that have attracted other sources of funding or In-kind donations. The grants will be offered on a 'first come, first served' basis.

Projects must demonstrate regeneration benefits for Langley Mill & Aldercar by achieving at least one of the following priorities:

  • Improving the health of children and young people
  • Developing events/festivals
  • Value for money
  • Reducing crime
  • Encouraging access for all

Young Peoples Activity Grants - Criteria

Young Peoples Activity Grants - Application Form

Young Peoples Activity Grant - Evaluation Report




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