Parish councillors in Doxey, Stafford, have thousands of pounds available to help local community groups - but people are not 'getting of their backsides' to apply.
"We have a real problem with apathy," said parish council chairman David Adams,explaining why the parish council currently had £50,000 sitting in the bank.
"If people can't be bothered to get off their backsides, take an interest and see that there may be money available it is not our problem."
And vice chairman David Hughes told the parish council meeting: "I think people know these grants exist but they won't get off their backsides to do something for their own community.
"The only time they get in touch with parish councillors is when they have something to gripe about."
The parish council is now planning a leafleting campaign to urge local residents to get involved with community groups and apply for grants to get projects of the ground.