Each year every councillor has £3,860 which they can donate to groups in their area which aim to improve the lives of local people.
At a meeting on Thursday (23 April) our Cabinet agreed a proposal to double this amount of money, giving each councillor £7,720 for this financial year.
Derbyshire County Council Leader, Councillor Barry Lewis, said:
“Local councillors know their areas the best and are well placed to spend this money where it is going to make the most difference.
“For some local groups a small donation may make the difference to that organisation making it through this pandemic.
“These funds cannot usually be used to help groups with general running costs, but given the circumstances we are lifting this requirement."
Anyone who runs a local group in their community and wants to find out more should contact their local councillor
The total cost of £247,000 is to come from our reserve funds.