Another first is a pot of £10,000 to support organisations who are proposing to fund-raise online via a new Hertfordshire Crowdfunding platform. The maximum grant is £2,000 and the project must raise at least the equivalent itself.
People who wish to apply for small grant of up to £300 will need their local councillor to sponsor them and act as a mentor.
Larger grants of up to £8,000 are available to constituted groups and other not-for-profit organisations. Successful applications will have a detailed project plan, support of the wider community and a project that can be completed within a year of receiving the grant. They will create stronger, more connected communities, leading to improved health and wellbeing.
Suzanne Rutland-Barsby, executive member for communities, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for start-up groups and individuals to apply for small amounts towards a community project that perhaps they’ve always dreamed of setting up but didn’t have enough money for.
“We’re looking forward to seeing some imaginative projects that will directly benefit East Herts residents. The pot is also ideal for anyone thinking of organising an event linked to the Hertfordshire Year of Culture.”
The deadline for larger grants is March 31 and there will be a second funding round in the autumn. There is no deadline for the other funds.
The photo shows Paradance.co.uk which received £3,000 towards four new groups for children with special educational needs at Amwell View School, Stanstead Abbotts and SPACE Hertford and Bishop’s Stortford.