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East Northants Council future proofs grants for the voluntary sector

East Northants Council future proofs grants for the voluntary sector

At a recent meeting of East Northamptonshire Council's Policy & Resources on Monday 7 September, committee members voted for an 'in principle extension' to the support grants and service agreements the Council provides to voluntary sector organisations past 31 March 2021.

As East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) will cease to exist and be replaced by the new North Northamptonshire Council on 1 April 2021, Councillors and Officers were keen to do as much as possible to keep these grants in place, so vital support services to the district's most vulnerable residents continue.

Introduced in 2011, the grants and agreements totalling £120,000 a year are awarded to a variety of partner organisations including SERVE, Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service and Service Six, and offer a range of specialist services such as transport, support workers and counselling support across East Northamptonshire.

The current round of grants had been due to expire at the end of March 2020, but ENC Councillors had previously agreed to renew them until East Northamptonshire Council ceases to exist at the end of March 2021.

It is hoped that this recent decision will future proof the grants into the new Council, and mean that those who need specialist support can receive it.

Posted: Wed, 09 Sep 2020 14:59 by Hanneke Soans

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