Bright sparks wanted in Dales

Dales people with a can-do attitude are being encouraged to get involved in the Peak District Bright Sparks programme.

The programme is looking for community champions with a track record in business or community activity.

Bright Sparks are needed to help rural communities save village shops, provide transport, or help community facilities to provide a range of services in one place.

Funded by the Peak District LEADER initiative, the programme runs until December 2013 and will provide small businesses and community organisations in the LEADER area (all of the Dales is covered except for the Matlock area) with advice and support and grants of between £3,500 and £10,000 for eligible projects.

Projects need to:

Demonstrate wide support from your local community

Benefit small businesses or social enterprises at risk of closure but with the potential to survive and develop with modest investment

Help small businesses or social enterprises intending to provide a new service for the local community

Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council said: “I welcome the Bright Sparks project which could make a big difference to many villages across the Dales and wider Peak District. We want at least 20 community champions to get involved to help our rural communities help themselves, using the grants available to provide key rural facilities.”