21st July 2024

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Voluntary and Community Sector grants

2024/25 Grants Programme

This year, we have two funds available to give to local projects


The first fund totals £10,000 and is intended to help with:-

- Measures which help address the cost of living pressures on local residents
- Measures which improve mental health and wellbeing

Applications for between £500 and £3,000 are invited, starting from Monday 15 July. The closing date is Monday 9 September. We aim to make decisions on Wednesday 16 October and to have paid grants out by the end of November.


We have brought two funds together to create a pot of £8,000. This fund is intended to improve the environment and support more bio-diversity and wildlife. There are two categories for entry

- very local projects which can attract a grant of between £250 and £1,000

- town wide projects which can attract a grant of between £1,000 and £3,000

Applications will open on Tuesday 1 October and close on the Saturday 30 November and we aim to make a decision on the 22nd January and pay grants by the end of February 2025.

Complete our on line application form above or the word documents below. Send your forms to clerk@ketteringtowncouncil.gov.uk

Grants made in 2023-24

The following organisations were supported by the Town Council in 2023-4

Kettering Civic Society

Artists Daisy Farrar-Hayton, Mark James, and Sally Leach

Artists Daisy Farrar-Hayton, Mark James, and Sally Leach

Art works on Openreach Telecoms Boxes £1,300

The Kettering Civic Society has embarked on an innovative street art project, transforming three BT Openreach boxes into vibrant artworks by local talents Daisy Farrar-Hayton, Mark James, and Sally Leach. This initiative, supported by community discussions and feedback, aims to celebrate the town's cultural heritage and local artists while adding a splash of colour to Kettering's streets.

The project sees Daisy Farrar-Hayton's "Pleasure Park Mural" on Masefield Road, celebrating Rockingham Pleasure Park; Mark James' "The Shoemaker" on Wood Street, honouring Kettering's history of shoe making; and Sally Leach's "Cafe Corner" at Oaktree Court, incorporating residents' wishes for a garden design while remembering the former bus station.

Since the first three boxes were decorated in spring, three more have had the full treatment over the summer, supported by local sponsors. Well done to the Civic Society for keeping the programme rolling and attracting new sponsors.

Check the artists' Instagram account for all the images.

Follow Kettering Civic Society on Facebook.

Kettering Nature Group

Bee barns being prepared by Kettering Nature Group.

Bee barns being prepared by Kettering Nature Group.

The Kettering Bee Barn Project £900

The project is working to install bee barns at sites around Kettering, schools, allotments and other spaces with safe green areas. These will provide an ideal educational and nature connectedness tool, whilst encouraging participants to take part in a town-wide citizen science project to record the diversity of solitary bee populations, their allies and predators over the duration of the project.

All records will be passed to the local biological records centre (NBRC) to inform conservation efforts, and all involved will benefit mentally through the study of these fascinating insects. The project will be used to educate the community about the importance of pollinators at large through various events, both online and in person.

Follow the work of Kettering Nature Group on Facebook.

Youth Works

Regeneration of garden £5,000

Highfield Barnes Food Bank

Operating costs £1,000

The number of households supported with additional food parcels or meals provided as a result of this grant and over what period, over 4 months at the end of 2023 - 1000

- the number of children within those households who have been supported - 400

- the number of homeless people who have been supported (in addition to the households detailed above) 100 parcels given out in total.

Grange Resource Centre

Pilot to set up new community groups £3,060

The organiser reports:-

The grant has been used for a young persons activities held at the Grange School for Karate and mental health /well being .The sessions were well attended and have completed 10 sessions with a few more to complete.

The chatter group is on Wednesday afternoon - we have about 10 ladies attending who like bingo and chattering to each other. Mainly retired ladies - the oldest is 94. They have other games such as cards dominoes, lotto to chose from. This will continue and become permanent activity.

We have children's sessions starting on June 10th which is about sensory and touch for parents with young children. The first session we held was attended by about 4 families. It was new to the area and hopefully the second sessions will be better attended. We had 4 x 2 hour sessions

We are also starting another chat and well being session on Wednesday morning for younger adults again board games and mainly getting communication skills and well being the main topic.

At Christmas we held a party, with the children all receiving a present and food A Christmas party for the community was also held, making sure had food over Christmas.

The grant has helped the community and we continue to develop into larger groups .

Highfield Barnes Community Association

Community activities for local people £1,000

This grant paid for

- a christmas fayre, santa's drop and a bingo night during December 2023

- an easter fayre and egg hunt - Easter 2024.

The number of attendees at each session

  • christmas fayre 70
  • Santa's drop in 100
  • Bingo 30
  • Easter fayre and egg hunt 100

Highfield Barnes Youth Group


This grant paid for a trip to the pantomine in December 2023 , involving 100 people and 70 children

Crescents Community Centre

Mower repairs and redecoration works £800


Operating costs £1,015

Kettering Food Bank

Operating costs £2,000

Shire Sounds

Equipment to enable training of young people to take place £1,500


Market valuation of Gala Bingo site £2,850

Town Lottery Grants

The Council had a budget of £2,000 from funds raised from the Kettering Community Lottery to give to projects which support mental health and wellbeing, up to a value of £1,000 each.

The applications for town lottery grants closed on Sunday 22 October 2023 and councillors have now awarded grants to the following groups:

Big Bubble Theatre Company - Theatre mindfulness sessions £1,000

Kettering Foodbank - Operating costs £500

Kettering Youth Theatre Group - Pantomime rehearsals and facilities costs £1,000

Find out more about the lottery and previous grants awarded on the page below...

Find out more about the lottery grants

Love Wildlife Competition 2023-4

Green meadow plants in background with words Love Wildlife Competition

Kettering Town Council's Love Wildlife competition has now awarded the winning grants.

The competition offered funding for projects which help boost wildlife in Kettering.

Charities, CIOs, community and voluntary groups, clubs, not for profit organisations School Parent Teacher Associations, Friends of groups, religious bodies and health charities are all some of the examples of groups were eligible to apply.

The cash can go towards funding programme or activity costs which are directly relevant to the application, hire or purchase of equipment for meeting project needs and technical assistance. The project must also happen within Kettering town.

Kettering Science Academy
Project to teach children how to grow vegetables in order to promote sustainability and life skills for students with special educational needs.

Park Junior School PTFA
To set up an Eco Club so children can grow their own produce and install bug houses, bird boxes and a wildflower area.

Kettering Nature Group
Kettering Bats Rock! Tour – a series of free guided bat walks with cash going towards purchasing bat detectors.

The Parent Friends Association of St Mary's School
To develop a wellbeing garden, creating a habitat of plants and wildflowers where biodiversity would be a focus.

Bishop Stopford School
To set up a Gardening Society to develop an area of eco garden at the school, focusing on project days in June with groups of year 8 students taking on the work as a super curricular activity.

Find out more about the Love Wildlife Competition

Ward Initiative Funds

All councillors have £500 to spend each year on projects which benefit people living in their ward. Below is a list of the projects funded in the 2023/24 financial year.

All Saints Community Group
Litter pickers/flyers £364.45

All Saints Community Group
Flytipping camera £359

Bishop Stopford School
Litter pickers £300

Cordwainer Pub
Christmas soup and meal service for £1, £494

Crescents Community Assoc.
Christmas event £150

Friends of Brambleside School
Outdoor seating £500

Grange Tots Group
Set up costs £173.25

Headlands Area Residents Association

Highfield Barnes Community Centre
Coronation Party £160

Highfield Barnes Food Bank
Storage £615

Family Day at Wicksteed £100

Pianist in Newlands Centre £300

11th Kettering Brownies
Equipment £500

KGH Radio
Replacement recording equipment £200

Kettering Sea Cadets
Defibrillator £300

Kettering Wombles
Advertising and PR materials £100

North East Town Tenants and Residents Group
Equipment £100

Midland Band Club
Christmas event £500

Ronald Tree Nursery
Sports equipment £238.25

Ronald Tree nursery
Consultation event £238

Sahyog Community Group
Event £500

St Mary's CEVA School
Toys £425

St Michael's Church Teas Up Group
Equipment £150

St Thomas More School Garden

Tamara Sparkles
Free glitter stall at Kettering Town Council events £141

William St Community Garden

Grants awarded in 2022/23

Grants for the 2022/23 financial year were awarded to a range of local groups. You can see the full list by clicking on the document below.

Last updated: Wed, 17 Jul 2024 13:20