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Community partnership scheme

The Community Partnership Scheme has now re-opened and is accepting applications for funding.

What is the Community Partnerships Scheme?

The Community Partnerships Scheme has been developed to provide support, advice and grant funding to community projects in South Derbyshire.

It encourages self-help, joint working relationships and the fulfilment of community aspiration.

It is designed to assist community groups to attract external funds such as lottery money to South Derbyshire.

What do we offer?

We offer an initial meeting to discuss your project.

We offer advice on how best to develop your project, where to get other funding, and how to improve your applications

The CPS has been developed to support capital projects. Grants will normally be between five per cent and 50 per cent of the total project cost, with a minimum award of 1,000 and a maximum award of 25,000. The level of support will depend upon a number of factors including how closely the project addresses the criteria within the guidance notes and the amount of funds remaining in the  grant programme.

Organisations will normally only be allowed to receive one grant in any financial year.

What type of projects do we support?

We will support a wide variety of projects providing that they benefit communities within South Derbyshire.

Typical examples include:

  • sports, arts, heritage, environmental and other community projects
  • the provision of new community buildings or refurbishment / improvement of existing community buildings
  • the purchase of major items of equipment - individual items must cost a minimum of 4,000 to be eligible
  • purchase of land - with an application for grant towards the cost of the acquisition of land or buildings, the authority may take advice as to the value of the property and grant will not be given on expenditure in excess of the price recommended by an approved valuer
  • access improvements to buildings, particularly for people with disabilities.

How applications will be dealt with

Application forms are considered by a panel of five councillors who make recommendations to the Housing and Community Services Committee who have the final decision on awards.

If a project is supported the applicant will be advised of the amount granted and conditions.

If you are a community group or voluntary organisation then please see resources for voluntary groups for more information.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the information contained in the guidelines, or a potential project, then please contact us.

The application form and supporting documentation can be downloaded from the related documents section below.

Contact details

Partnership Development Officer
South Derbyshire District Council
Leisure and Community Development
Civic Offices
Civic Way
DE11 0AH

Tel: 01283 228741
Online: contact form

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