This year, 15 not-for-profit organisations, community groups and charities will receive a funding boost from Northampton Borough Council’s Partnership Grant Fund.

The grant is designed to help small Northampton based voluntary and community organisations to do positive work in the community by delivering local projects or activities.

The funding allocation of £100,000 to groups and charities was recommended this week by a panel of seven representatives across political parties and from local charities. All applicants have been notified of their successful application.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community safety and engagement said: “The Partnership Fund grant can make a real difference in supporting local charitable and voluntary organisations to continue their work and make a real difference in our community.

“Allocating money from the Partnership Grant Fund was not an easy task but we are extremely pleased to be supporting 15 organisations this year, as they continue their brilliant work supporting people across the town.”

The organisations awarded Council Partnership Grants for 2020/21 are:

Northamptonshire Rape Crisis, a charity providing counselling and support for survivors of sexual abuse and their non-offending family, £10,600.

Northampton Street Pastors, providing teams of fully trained volunteers to support the town’s community in keeping safe, £6,600.

Growing Together, a community-based charity working in deprived estates in the East of the borough, £7,000.

Spencer Contact, a local community group that works to relieve those in poverty and hardship in and around Northampton by supplying free second-hand furniture, £6,000.

Warts and All Theatre, a performing arts group that inspire and encourage artists, audiences and members of the community to engage in theatre, £6,000.

The Lowdown, a charity offering a broad range of support services to children and young adults, £7,080.

The Good Loaf, an artisan bakery providing training and employment opportunities for vulnerable females, including offenders, £5,000.

MHA Live at Home, a charity improving the quality of life for older people by providing care, accommodation and support services, £5,000.

Northampton Community Sheds, a not for profit organisation working locally to shape and improve the physical and mental health of older people whilst learning new skills and teaching some of their own, £6,500.

Singing for Breathing, a singing group for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other respiratory conditions such as asthma, providing physical, mental and social benefits, £4,720.

Tools for self-reliance, a charity providing work experience and voluntary opportunities for adults with disabilities, health issues or other disadvantages, £5,500.

Silhouette Youth, a community-based youth work organisation that is using performing arts to engage young people and increase confidence, aspirations and social skills in deprived areas of Northampton, £10,000.

Bellinge Community House, run structured and supported youth group sessions for vulnerable 8 to 11 year olds, £10,000.

Re:Store, a charity run by the Central Vineyard Church and supported by local people, to serve those in need within the town, £5,000.

Emmanuel Group of Churches provides a range of social outreach projects including the Weston Favell food bank, £5,000.