DACP Helping Hand Scheme

Derby Association of Community Partners (DACP) want to support and encourage young people who live on our estates. That’s why we have started the ‘Helping Hands Scheme’. This scheme provides grants to support young people who have a skill, talent or interest, but need a bit of help to develop it.

An award may be for a whole year or part year and the amount of the award can vary depending on the circumstances. The scheme is managed and administrated by the Derby Association of Community Partners (DACP) in conjunction with Derby Homes.

What can you apply for?

The aim of each award is to help someone to develop their talent, skill or interest. The focus is on recreational activity, so it couldn't be used to help pay for addition support with academic work, for example. Things we may be able to help with through this scheme include:

  • Payment of travel expenses to attend training or competitions
  • Funding for special training or coaching
  • Club membership
  • Purchase of equipment, such as a musical instrument or sports kit
This is not a complete list and each request will be judged on its merits by the selection panel.

Rules for applicants

  • Applicants must be living at a Derby Homes property
  • Applicants must be under the age of 18 and not in full time work
  • Applicants must not be in any court action with Derby Homes for antisocial behaviour or other court action for criminal behaviour
  • One application per year per person
  • Applicants agrees to provide the DACP with progress reports
  • Applicants agree to participate in reasonable requests for publicity from the DACP

How to apply

All applications must be made by completing the online application form available on the DACP and the Derby Homes websites or by downloading and returning the paper version, also available on both the DACP and the Derby Homes websites. You can also get a paper copy of the application form from a housing office or just get in touch with the DACP on 01332201724 and we’ll send you one.

Your completed form should be returned to:

DACP Helping Hand Scheme

Derby Association of Community partners Ltd

839 London Road


DE24 8UZ

What happens next?

Your application will be checked to ensure it meets the criteria, before being passed onto the judging panel. The panel will decide whether to make an award, how much to award and how it will be paid. They may ask you and your parent or guardian to attend a meeting to explain your reasons for your request and how it will help you.

The panel will meet as soon as possible after receiving your application. There is no upper or lower limit to the amount of awards. The idea is to help as many young people as possible. Exactly how much is reasonable to award will be the decision of the awards panel.