Numerous community groups found out how they can get their hands on up to £500 of funding for their projects this week.
The University of Derby is reaching out to the people of Ilkeston and Swadlincote and offering them a share of a £5,000 Community Fund.
And they were out in their numbers at two events which took place on Tuesday (February 11) to consider how the fund could be of benefit to them. Anyone wanting to take advantage has until March 31 to apply for a slice of the cash.
Peter Walker, Community Relations Officer at the University of Derby, said: “The University of Derby is an active university committed to reaching out to all the communities it serves.
“We want to recognise the talent and energy shown by them, and perhaps help us all appreciate that we are all ‘bigger than we think and better than we know’ in what we do and in what we can achieve.
“I was very encouraged by the turnout at our information events and I can tell we are going to have some really excellent projects to work on. We have already begun receiving applications which is really positive and I urge any organisation which feels it could benefit to submit theirs.”
The fund, which could help pay for paint, DIY materials, musical instruments, cupboards, shelves or heaters, for example, is supported by South Derbyshire District Council, Erewash Borough Council and South Derbyshire CVS.
Groups covering all manner of community initiatives and issues have declared an interest, including a travelling lunch club, South Derbyshire Forum, a parents’ group in Long Eaton, Friends of Newhall Park, Homestart and a stroke charity called Different Strokes.