Cash boost for community groups 

Three rural community groups in Erewash look set to benefit from over £12,000 in grants from the final round of the Rural Community Grant Fund Scheme.
 
Councillors are expected to give the greenlight at a meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive on Tuesday 19 February. 
 
The Rural Community Scheme was launched in 2015 to recognise the good work carried out by local groups and Parish Councils in the community. The council has supported many projects over the last four years that will benefit rural communities. The scheme will end March 2019.
 
Next week’s meeting is expected to give the go-ahead for the following grants:
• £4,830 to allow the Draycott Millennium Green Trust to create a circular pathway on the village open space
• £2,140 to allow Risley Hall Management Committee to replace the village hall floor.
• £5,580 for Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust. The grant received will go towards materials, equipment and village hall hire to accommodate volunteers involved in the groundwork and restoration of the Borrowash lock chamber.   
 
Designed to benefit the community, bring local people together and improve neighbourhood engagement, community groups are encouraged to work alongside their Parish Councils who apply for funding on their behalf. 
 
Leader of Erewash Borough Council, Councillor Carol Hart, says:
 
“All Parish Councils in Erewash have been encouraged to apply for grants on behalf of local groups and organisations. We are delighted to have been able to grant fund so many worthy projects over the past four years that will benefit communities and residents for years to come.”