Area Action Partnership Funding



Grants Available – the GAMP Project Callout is now OPEN !!

The GAMP Board has a budget of £100,000 available, and applications are invited for projects from community & voluntary or not-for-profit organisations and groups. Grant limits between £5,000 to £20,000 have been agreed, and projects must take place in the Great Aycliffe & Middridge Partnership area and address at least one of our key priorities, as outlined below. 

Groups are permitted to submit an application under all three priorities, but there is a limit of one project per priority. Applications can be for either capital or revenue funding (or both), and projects which include a specific element of capital spend are encouraged. If you need advice on the specific definitions for capital/revenue, please get in touch.  Project proposals must also include a minimum of 5% match funding (either cash or in-kind, or both).

Projects are invited to help support positive outcomes for children, young people and families and/or older people in the GAMP AAP area to live a happier, healthier and safer life.

Children, Young People & Families (£50k total funding available)projects must address one of the following key issues:

Ø  Ensure children, young people & families have a safe childhood

Ø  Ensure children, young people & families have the best start in life, good health, and physical and emotional wellbeing

Ø  Ensure children, young people & families gain the education, skills and experience to succeed in adulthood

Ø  Ensure children, young people & families with special educational needs and disabilities achieve the best possible outcomes

Older People (£30k total funding available) projects must address one of the following key issues:

Ø  Health, including mental health, dementia, access to social activity

Ø  Access to activity; facilities, transport, welfare/money issues and lifelong learning opportunities

Ø  Social support; having regular contact with friends, family or neighbours

Community Safety (£20k total funding available) projects must address at least one of the following key issues:

Ø  Youth engagement initiatives that reduce antisocial behaviour

Ø  Project proposals that reduce and/or support victims of crime

Ø  Road safety schemes 

The GAMP Team will be running some advice & guidance sessions to help those who want to apply and would like to find out more about the process:

  • Wednesday 1 May, 5.00-7.00pm at the Pioneering Care Centre
  • Thursday 2 May, 10.00-12.00noon at Woodham Community Centre
  • Tuesday 7 May 2.00-4.00pm at Pioneering Care Centre

These sessions will take applicants through the relevant paperwork and the application process itself, giving hints and tips on completing your application. We strongly recommend that you book a place at one of the sessions, please get in touch with the team (contact details below).

The closing date for applications is 5:00pm on Friday 31 May 2019. 

After the closing date, all eligible applications will be assessed and ranked by a panel of GAMP Board members, to determine which projects will successfully be awarded funding.  Please note, any prospective projects should have a start date no earlier than January 2020 to allow time for our technical appraisal process. 

Please contact us for an application pack, or if you’d like further information

Telephone 01325 327441 or email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please feel free to pass on this information!

Kind regards 

Brian Riley

Great Aycliffe & Middridge Partnership Coordinator

Tel: 01325 327441

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Derwent Valley Youth Fund 2019/20 – Now Open for Applications!

The Derwent Valley AAP is pleased to announce that its 2019/20 Youth Fund is now open for applications.

We welcome proposals from local community organisations, youth based groups and partners who wish to develop a project within the Derwent Valley area for young people aged between 11 and 19. Applicants can apply for a minimum of £1,000 up to a maximum of £3,000.

A guide providing more detail relating to the Youth Fund is attached for information.

If, having read through the guide, your organisation is interested in applying for a grant (your project must meet the criteria detailed within the guide!), please contact the DVP Team on 03000 260725 to request an application pack (covering letter and application form), alternatively you can e-mail the team to request a pack electronically at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Information regarding this fund can also be found on our Facebook page and Derwent Valley Life website, so please forward to/share with any other interested parties who you feel may benefit.

Please note that the deadline for completed and submitted applications (along with supporting documentation) is 12 noon on Tuesday 30th April 2019.

Spennymoor AAP It's Up 2 U Event - Full results and initial feedback

I thought I would just give you a quick update on our It’s Up 2 U Event that was held on Saturday at Spennymoor Leisure Centre.  Once again, on the day itself, I personally received a lot of great feedback about the event and I think a lot of this was down to the projects that were on display and thus the positive atmosphere that this created.  I have highlighted below some of the key outcomes for the day:

Over 1,050 people attended/registered for the day  – This figure does not include volunteers, additional stall holders and those additional Board Members who turned up to volunteer on the day.  This figure also does not include those people that attended who were not eligible to vote e.g. those who lived outside of the AAP area, those under 11 etc.  

14 projects were supported out of the 27 projects/stall holders on the day (see list below).  

As you will be aware, we could not financially support all of the 27 projects.  We do however (as in previous years) intend to work with those projects that did not receive any funding, to see how we can help them in their quest to deliver their schemes. 

Click for the List

If you have any questions or queries then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Michael Wilkes,

Spennymoor Area Action Partnership Co-ordinator,

Durham County Council,

Transformation and Partnerships,

Green Lane,


Co Durham

DL16 6JQ

Tel: 03000 261135 or 07818 510367

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