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Councillors' Initiative Fund

From June, Grants are available from the Councillors' Initiative Fund for residents, local groups and businesses to encourage beneficial community activity.

Purpose of fund

Each councillor has a total of £1,000 available to support work relating to:

  • small scale environmental improvements
  • community safety issues
  • beneficial community projects

Who can apply?

Following discussions with their local councillor, applications can only be submitted by the organisations and individuals listed below:

  • constituted* voluntary and community organisations
  • parish and town councils
  • High Peak Borough Council
  • Derbyshire County Council
  • Derbyshire Police
  • Peak District National Park Authority

Where there is more than one councillor for an area or your suggestion covers more than one area, our councillors can work together to combine some or all of their funding.

(* A constituted group is a group run on a voluntary basis and set up as an organisation in its own right with a management committee, constitution and its own bank account.)

Can anyone else make an application?

The following organisations can make an application and lead a project but not receive funding. 

  • informal (un-constituted) voluntary and community organisations or a constituted group without a bank account
  • a safer neighbourhood team
  • individual borough or parish town councillors

An eligible organisation (see 'Who can apply?') would have to be willing to manage funds on behalf of the project.

How to apply

  1. discuss your suggestion with your local councillor before completing the  Councillors Initiative Fund application form [56KB]
  2. ensure that your project is managed by an eligible organisation, and named on the application
  3. complete the application form and return by email to

Applications for 2023-2024 must be submitted by Friday 16th February 2024

Additional information

The document below contains details of the application criteria:

Councillors Initiative Fund - guidance notes [136KB]

Projects funded

HP Councillors Initiative Fund 2016-2017 Projects funded [182KB]
HP Councillors Initiative Fund 2017-2018 Projects funded [118KB]
HP Councillors Initiative Fund 2018-2019 Projects funded [167KB]
HP Councillors Initiative Fund 2019-2020 Projects funded [168KB]
HP Councillors Initiative Fund 2021-2022 Projects funded [187KB]
HP Councillors Initiative Fund 2022-2023 Projects Funded [185KB]
HP Councillors Initiative Fund 2023-24 Funded Projects [232KB]