Over-demand suspends small grants handout

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A charity grant pot provided by Northamptonshire County Council has been closed temporarily due to over-subscription.

The council funded a small grants programme for the Northamptonshire Community Foundation (NCF) over the last two years and the foundation distributed the money to local causes.

Victoria Miles, chief executive of NCF, confirmed the small grants pot has been suspended due to its popularity, after the independent grant-making charity distributed £400,000 from it to local causes over the last two years.

Ms Miles said she hoped the programme would re-open in April, and added: “We give away lots of money on behalf of different donors and this is one pot we had to distribute on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council. We are in talks with the county council to continue this pot but we haven’t had anything in writing yet.”