new grants will boost communities
A new £20,000 scheme offering community groups across County Durham small grants to help fund key projects has been launched.
Funding for projects like community events, training and equipment is being offered by County Durham Housing Group. The new ‘group grant’ scheme will provide grants of up to £500 each and is designed to help new groups make their first steps as well as supporting longstanding organisations.
The application process for ‘group grant’ has been kept deliberately simple and funding decisions will be made monthly to ensure groups are not waiting for lengthy periods to find out if they have been successful.
Any community organisation, non-profit making group, charity or school working in the communities served by County Durham Housing Group will be eligible for the scheme. The area includes most of east Durham, central Durham and Weardale, plus towns and villages like Pity Me, Bishop Auckland and Sherburn.
County Durham Housing Group Community Investment Manager, Rachel Edmunds, said: “We know that there are groups right across the county who are keen to make a difference in their community; where even relatively small amounts of funding could make all the difference to what they can achieve.
“This new scheme has been specifically designed to help those groups … and even to help new organisations make their first steps.
“We’re hoping group grant will help to make lots of projects possible right across the county.”
For more information on group grant, click here.
Pictured above: a scheme already funded by County Durham Housing Group at Hawthorn Community Centre. Carolyn Winter, garden club coordinator meets Jacci McNulty from the new panel that will assess group grants applications