Following the success of a pilot scheme last year – which supported local projects including a childcare centre, picnic and play day, and family table tennis scheme – the University of Derby Community Fund will give local groups across the region a chance to impact their community.
There will be four rounds of funding in 2014/15, with up to £2,500 funding available in each round. Applications for the first round of funding are now being accepted, and community groups have until Monday 20th October to submit their application.
Rosie Marshalsay, Head of External Relations at the University of Derby, said: “I’m delighted to announce the launch of the University of Derby Community Fund, which will give a boost to those who wish to inspire others and make a real difference. We take our responsibility as an integral part of the local community very seriously and so the University is committed to supporting community initiatives wherever possible.
“We want to recognise the important role that local people play in making our communities better places to live, and this is just one of the ways in which the University is seeking to offer further support.”
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be based either in Derbyshire or any of the following neighbouring towns: Burton, Leek, Macclesfield, Mansfield or Uttoxeter.
Application forms and further information can be downloaded from the Community Fund website: www.derby.ac.uk/communityfund