Councillor's Community Fund

What is the Councillor's Community Fund?

The Amber Valley Borough Council Councillors' Community Fund can be used for any purpose which will reduce the level of deprivation in the local area and enable the improvement of the quality of life for local residents.

Who is this available to?

The Community Fund has been set up to support the 11 most deprived wards in the Borough, they are:

  • Alfreton
  • Belper South
  • Codnor & Waingroves
  • Heanor East
  • Heanor West
  • Heanor & Loscoe
  • Ironville & Riddings
  • Langley Mill & Aldercar
  • Ripley
  • Ripley & Marehay
  • Somercotes

This fund can only support one-off projects and cannot be used to replace any withdrawn public sector funding or provide/imply any ongoing financial support. Applications for funding can only be received from not-for-profit groups/organisations and not individuals.

How much is available?

Your local Ward Councillor has £1,000 to allocate to projects this financial year. There is no lower limit and applications for over £1,000 can be supported by Councillors wishing to combine resources for those projects that benefit larger communities.

What are the timescales?

There are no set timescales or deadlines. Ward Councillors will consider projects throughout the year (as long as funding is still available) and make appropriate recommendations to the Leader of the Council in conjunction with the Council’s Cabinet. The final approval of an application will be made by the Cabinet.

How do I know if I have a good project or idea?

If your project will make a positive difference in your community by helping to reduce the level of deprivation in the area then you may already have a strong application but with limited resources Ward Councillors need to be certain that they are supporting the very best ideas. It could make all the difference if your project:

  • targets reduction in deprivation levels; and
  • provides wider community benefit
  • involves and engages with local residents and voluntary/ community groups
  • tackles real local issues and supports hard to reach groups (ethnic minorities, young people, older people, unemployed people etc)
  • links with your existing local town, village or parish community plan
  • demonstrates clear local support and/ or need
  • supports achievement of the Council’s ambitions and priorities;
- addressing employment issues
- promoting and improving the well being of residents and communities
- tackling housing issues
- helping to maintain clean streets, parks and open spaces

How do I apply?

We advise all residents who are interested in applying to speak with their ward Councillor first. You can find out who your local Councillor is and how to contact them by using our Borough Councillor Lookup Page.

Once you are ready to apply, you will need to download an application form. Please complete and return to:

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