county durham scheme gives local groups £34k in first year

A funding programme has helped more than 75 grass root groups in 12 months.

County Durham Housing Group’s ‘group grant’ scheme has helped no fewer than 77 local projects in its first year. From foodbanks in rural Weardale to boxing clubs in Durham and school projects in Bishop Auckland, the funding has helped thousands of people across the region.

A total of £34,070 has been distributed, and has seen the provision of new IT equipment to help job hunters in Seaham, Christmas decorations in Stanhope and even a new play space for a school in Peterlee.

County Durham Housing Group Funding Officer, Damian Pearson, said: “group grant was specifically designed to help smaller organisations improve their facilities or work with more people. The first 12 months have been hugely successful and we’re already looking at new applications for the coming year.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the huge variety of projects that have applied for group grant support. The vast amount of good work that the voluntary and community sector does in County Durham can’t be overstated. Getting the chance to work with so many local people has really demonstrated how much our communities depend on them.”

Groups can apply for funding of up to £500 each. In order to ensure a balanced range of projects, any community organisation, non-profit making group, charity or school working in the areas served by County Durham Housing Group is eligible to apply once every 12 months.

Applications can be made online at, or for more information call 0191 349 7777 or email

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