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Please find the details for Community Grant Funding.

Voluntary and community groups are being encouraged to apply for small grants to help improve the lives of local residents.

The funding of up to £5,000 is being made available by North Northamptonshire Council up to January 31.

There are two funding rounds during December and January:

  • Grants up to £2,500 – with monthly deadlines for applications of December 31, 2021 and January 31, 2022
  • Grants of between £2,500 and £5,000 – with monthly deadlines of December 20, 2021 and January 31, 2022


The scheme is open to community and voluntary sector organisations, registered charities and not-for-profit organisations, with priority given to projects that support the council's key priorities and the strategic aims.

Please find the link to further information and online application form

The community funding policy sets out who can apply for a grant and what we can fund (which is subject to available budget) which can also be found on the link above.

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone or organisation that would benefit.

Kind Regards,

Shannon Petrossian | Community Development Officer

North Northamptonshire Council

Bowling Green Road, Kettering, Northants NN15 7QX

T: 0300 126 3000 | DD: 01536 851269 |

Working Days: Tuesday – Thursday



25 October 2021

For Immediate Release


Following on previous grants offered throughout the pandemic, North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) has launched the 'Discretionary Recovery and Innovation grant' aimed at helping those most in need.

The grant is a one-off grant aimed to:

  • Support local independent businesses impacted by Covid-19
  • Support plans which enable businesses to build back stronger
  • Give a boost to measures which support the move to 'Net Zero'
  • Facilitate diversification and innovation to improve resilience
  • Protect and create local jobs.

Any business owners wishing to apply or find out more information should visit the NNC Covid grants webpage and read the guidance before applying. The deadline for applications is 2 December at 12pm.

Ian Blackwell from Canoe2 received a previous grant from North Northamptonshire Council and explains how it helped his business adapt and respond to the challenges of the pandemic:

"As a small local, independently owned business, operating along the Nene Valley, Canoe2 like so many businesses suffered a huge impact from the pandemic.  Issues have ranged from losing half our 2020 operating season to lock-down, when we were unable to open for hire craft or retail, through to the combined impact of lock-down and supply chain issues closing our retail shop for what will be 2 years by the time we re-open for the 2022 season. The remaining 2020 and 2021 hire seasons continued to be impacted by reduced capacity, as well as enforcing limits on group sizes.  Additionally, the Boathouse Meeting Room that we manage for local community meetings & events was forced to close and is still limited to smaller groups.

The grant funding support received from NNC has been vital in supporting Canoe2 through this incredibly uncertain period, allowing us to focus on keeping our hire services available whenever guidelines allowed, and putting the business in a position whereby we dare plan & invest for the company's future recovery. Grant monies have assisted us in covering essential basic overheads such as insurance & maintenance, allowed delayed investment in replacement of equipment, and with an eye on future longevity & full recovery, to invest in our promotional efforts around our canoe, kayak, pedalo hire services & to assist in promoting use of the meeting & events facility.

We are incredibly grateful to North Northamptonshire Council for the grant funding assistance received.  Beyond that, NNC representatives have shown real understanding of Canoe2's business needs in their day-to-day advice & support." 

Cllr David Brackenbury, NNC Executive member for Growth & Regeneration, said: "We all know how difficult the past 18 months have been for business owners and we are extremely proud that throughout the pandemic NNC, and the sovereign councils before us, have helped so many businesses across North Northamptonshire with much needed grants and this grant continues to build on this work."

Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of North Northamptonshire Council, added: "As a Council, we have a duty to help support residents and businesses during difficult times. The grants businesses have received via NNC really have made a difference and I would urge anyone who thinks they might be eligible for this Recovery and Innovation grant or the Hospitality and Tourism grant  to come forward, read through the guidance and apply before the deadline."

Census March 2021

What is the census?

The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The next census takes place on Sunday 21 March 2021.

Your answers to the census questions will help organisations make decisions on planning and funding public services in your area, including transport, education and healthcare.

When to complete your census

Every household should complete the census on Sunday 21 March 2021 or as soon as possible after. If you’ve responded before 21 March and things have changed, you can let us know by calling us free. You can find the numbers on our contact us page.

The census should take about 10 minutes for the household questions and 10 minutes per person.

What if I'm away or abroad on Census Day?


Corona virus Information passed on from Councillor Clive Hallam

Please forward this on if useful or post on your village /PC web sites etc but I think it’s a great description of the virus and why various things work

Johns Hopkins University has sent this detailed note on avoiding the contagion:

 * The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code.  (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.

 * Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own.  The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.

 * The virus is very fragile;  the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat.  That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam).  By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.

 * HEAT melts fat;  this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything.  In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.

 * Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.

 * Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.

 * Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.

 * NO BACTERICIDE SERVES.  The virus is not a living organism like bacteria;  they cannot kill what is not alive with anthobiotics, but quickly disintegrate its structure with everything said.

 * NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth.  While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only between 3 hours (fabric and porous), 4 hours (copper, because it is naturally antiseptic; and wood, because it removes all the moisture and does not let it peel off and disintegrates).  ), 24 hours (cardboard), 42 hours (metal) and 72 hours (plastic).  But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.

 * The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars.  They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness.  Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.

 * UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein.  For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect.  Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin, eventually causing wrinkles and skin cancer.

 * The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.

 * Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.

 * NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve.  The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.

 * LISTERINE IF IT SERVES!  It is 65% alcohol.

 * The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be.  The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.

 * This is super said, but you have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc.  And when using the bathroom.

 * You have to HUMIDIFY HANDS DRY from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks.  The thicker the moisturizer, the better.  

* Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.

Stay safe out there

Best regards

Cllr Clive Hallam

Borough Council of Wellingborough



Click here for the link  to the House of Commons proposed Coronavirus bill for the self employed.

Click here for the link on Current advice given by the Prime Minister and the NHS guidelines.