A parish council is offering cash grants to volunteers who want to make their community in Hampton a better place. The Hampton Project is inviting residents to bid for slices of a fund - this year £5,000 - made available through Hampton Parish Council in a Dragon's Den-style bidding process.
The project is ooking for people who are willing to volunteer their time, expertise and resources free of charge, but require funding to make their ideas a reality. All funds granted to schemes must be matched by donations in either cash, services, free products or volunteer time.
Decisions on funding are being made by a community panel made up from representatives of the parish council, police, Peterborough City Council officers, councillors and local business.
Before making decisions, the panel will invite applicants to put forward their bid in a five minute pitch then panel members are given five minutes to ask questions and clarify the details.
Applications will be considered from April 1. The first cheques will then be presented at the Annual Parish Meeting on May 21 at Hampton Vale Community Centre. Anyone working or living within the Hampton parish boundary with a project that will directly benefit people in the area can apply for funding.
|Inspector Andy Bartlett originated the idea|
Inspector Andy Bartlett, who first put forward the idea for the project, said: "The Hampton Project will aim to improve community life by supporting schemes that benefit all members of the community and the environment in which they live and work.
"I hope it will result in more neighbourhood groups, a revitalisation of existing groups and ensure they are meeting the needs of the community at large.
"It is a new approach that will help the community to play an integral role in regenerating their area and creating sustainable solutions to problems."
The project is being run by the parish council in partnership with Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Peterborough City Council's neighbourhood manager and funded through part of the parish council's precept budget for the forthcoming financial year. Those with ideas for voluntary projects within the Hampton neighbourhood should contact Parish Clerk Kate Day on 01733 306160
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