The grants support the work of community groups, clubs, charities and parish councils and we’ve now awarded Action Grants totalling £632,000 to 712 projects across Derbyshire since it launched in May 2018.
Richard Thorowgood - the Service Relationship Manager for Commissioning, Communities and Policy - has helped to encourage applications to the scheme and ended up getting involved as well.
As an IT expert he could see that PCrefurb in Glossop would benefit from a grant.
This charitable organisation refurbishes donated IT equipment which can then be used by groups in the wider community like the Thriving Communities project in Gamesley. They successfully applied for a £500 Action Grant which helped to buy tools to repair computers.
Richard has also volunteered at the Eyam Repair Café. This was set up in February 2019 aided by £500 from the Action Grant scheme to help with equipment and publicity. The café aims to repair items rather than people throwing them out. Richard said:
"I went along to see how the café worked and was impressed! The volunteers were doing great work to repair stuff but lacked someone with computer skills. I was happy to get involved.”
“These community groups make a relatively small amount of money go a long way and help to support our local communities as well as encouraging re-use and recycling of otherwise unwanted items.”
Round 7 of Action Grants has a deadline for applications of 31 January and then the final round closes on 31 May. Find out more, including details of all the grants awarded so far.
There are now 6 repair cafes in Derbyshire and a national Big Fix event on Saturday 15 February 2020 promoting the work of repair cafes nationwide.