Area Action Partnership Funding

 

 

Grants Available – the Derwent Valley Partnership Project Callout 2019

The Derwent Valley Partnership (DVP) has a budget of £105,000 available and applications are invited for projects from community & voluntary or not-for-profit organisations and groups.  Projects must take place in the Derwent Valley Partnership area and address at least one of our key priorities and the respective project criteria, as outlined below and in the guidance material supplied in the application pack.

Please note that minimum grant limits have been agreed at £5,000.

Please note that you can apply for more than one grant BUT each of your applications much relate to a different project.

The closing date for applications is 5:00pm on Friday 12 July 2019.  To request your application pack, please contact the DVP Team on 03000 260725 or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There is £35,000 available under each of the priorities (£26,667 for Area Budget and £8,333 for Older Person Social Isolation Fund (OPSIF)). Applications can be for either capital or revenue funding, however all applications need to have a minimum 25% capital element to them. If you need advice on the specific definitions for capital/revenue, please get in touch. Applications which have attracted ‘match’ funding are particularly encouraged.

Our partnership priorities and the project criteria for applications are as follows:

Employment, Enterprise and Training (EET)

Projects are invited which aim to help improve positive outcomes for Derwent Valley residents to gain employment and/or access to training, we wish to also encourage enterprise and local business growth. There is also funding available through this priority for employment, enterprise and training related projects aimed at engaging residents aged 50+ (OPSIF). The key issues of particular interest to this Task Group, and which your project should address, can be found detailed in the EET Action Plan attached.

Environment (ENVIRO)

Projects are invited which aim to help improve the environment of Derwent Valley focusing specifically on tackling climate change through projects linked to improving air quality, reducing carbon emissions and using resources more efficiently. There is also funding available through this priority for environmental related projects aimed at engaging residents aged 50+ (OPSIF). The key issues of particular interest to this Task Group, and which your project should address, along with some project ideas can be found detailed in the ENVIRO Action Plan attached.

Health and Wellbeing (H&WB)

Projects are invited which help support residents in the Derwent Valley area to live a happier and healthier life. Improving mental wellbeing for all ages including suicide prevention and reducing social isolation are the key issues of interest for this Task Group and ones which your project should address. There is also funding available through this priority for health and wellbeing related projects aimed at engaging residents aged 50+ (OPSIF). More detail can be found within the H&WB Action Plan attached.

Please note, any prospective projects should have a start date no earlier than January 2020 to allow time for applications to go through our full funding and technical appraisal process.

After the closing date, all eligible applications will be assessed and ranked by our respective task groups for each of these priorities, where a series of questions may arise. You will be expected to attend a task group meeting in response to questions raised.  The task group will then choose which projects are ‘recommended’ for financial support by the DVP Board who will have the final decision.  Your project may not be recommended by the task group or indeed be agreed by the Board. 

  • Funding Advice and Information Sessions

To help assist those who wish to apply to us for funding as part of this callout, the DVP Team will be hosting three Funding Advice and Information Sessions. These sessions will provide:

  • An overview of the funding application form
  • Hints and tips in relation to completing your proposal to meet our priorities
  • An opportunity for you to ask questions and receive one to one support

We strongly advise all potential applicants to book in advance to attend one of these sessions:

  • Wednesday 26th June 2019, 10am-11am at Dipton Jubilee Centre, Front Street, DH9 9DR.
  • Thursday 27th June 2019, 10am-11am at Blackhill Community Centre, Derwent Street, DH8 8LS.
  • Thursday 27th June 2019, 6pm-7pm at Citizens House, Station Road, Consett, DH8 5RL. 

If you would like an application pack, more information about the project call out and/or would like to book your place at one of the above Funding Advice and Information Sessions, please contact a member of the DVP Team on 03000 260725 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

East Durham Summer Holiday Activities Provision Fund 2019

A Summer Holiday Activities Provision Fund has now been launched. 

Applications are welcomed for amounts between £500.00 and £3,000.00.  Grants will be awarded to projects that provide an activity programme that includes provision of food as a key element of delivery. 

Application packs are available upon request from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 03000 261128 / 261129.

All applications (including supporting information) must be submitted NO LATER than close of play on the 18th June 2019.

If you need any further information, or support completing your application form, please contact the AAP team on the telephone numbers above.

AAP Older Peoples Social Isolation Fund 2019 - Launched

Chester-le-Street & District Area Action Partnership are pleased to launch their Older People’s Social Isolation Fund 2019 – Call for Projects.

The Chester-le-Street & District Area Action Partnership (AAP) have been granted £25,000 each year, for the next 2 years (2019/20, 2020/21), to support projects and/or community based organisations to deliver opportunities to reduce social isolation in older people. We would expect applications to be around £5,000 or over, and would anticipate supporting a number of projects with this fund.

This fund aims to support community led initiatives that improve outcomes for older people who are socially isolated, and encourage participation in activities and projects that provide opportunities for them to contribute positively to their local communities. For the purposes of this fund an older person is someone over the age of 50 yrs.

If you know of any local organisations who would like to apply to this fund for support with a project that they are developing, then please forward this e-mail with the attached criteria and ask them to contact the Chester-le-Street & District AAP Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 03000 266145 to discuss. Their details will be registered and they will be forwarded an application form to complete. The closing date for this fund is Friday 23rd August 2019, and all applications MUST be returned either by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (attaching both the application form, and supporting documents) or posted to the following address by that date:

AAP Youth Fund 2019 – Launched

Chester-le-Street & District Area Action Partnership (AAP) are pleased to launch the AAP Youth Fund– Project Call Out 2019/20, to provide one-off grants for projects that address the mental health and poverty issues affecting Young People across the Chester-le-Street & District AAP area. £10,000 available, minimum grant £1,000 per project, with a maximum of £3,000 per project.

The Youth fund is an allocation of funds to each of the 14 Area Action Partnerships (AAP) to support community led youth initiatives that meet local needs, impact on County and AAP priorities as they relate to improving outcomes for young people and encourage young people’s participation in activities and projects that provide opportunities for them to contribute positively to their local communities. Applications should demonstrate how they involved young people in the decision making in the development of the proposal. Its overall purpose is to support the improvement of social, emotional capabilities of young people, aged 11 upwards.

If you know of any organisations locally that would like to apply to this fund for support with a project that they are developing, then please forward this e-mail, and ask that they contact the Chester-le-Street & District AAP Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 03000 266145 to discuss. Their details will be registered and they will be forwarded an application form to complete. The closing date for this fund is Friday 23rd August 2019, and all applications MUST be returned either by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (attaching both the application form, and supporting documents) or posted to the following address by that date:

Chester-le-Street & District AAP Office

Chester-le-Street One Point Hub

Burns Green

Chester-le-Street

Co Durham
DH3 3QH

3 Towns Partnership launches Summer Holiday Activity Grants..

Funding of £20,000 from 3 Towns Partnership is available for activities for children 0-19 years during the Summer Holidays in 2019.  The scheme aims to support local community groups and organisations based in the Crook, Willington, Tow Law areas and surrounding villages to deliver holiday activities during the long school holidays.

Applicants can apply for amounts between £250 and £5000 and are limited to one per organisation.

Projects who are looking to apply for over £1500 would be expected to deliver activities at multiple locations within the area or over several days / weeks during the holiday period.

Applicants are encouraged to provide a healthy snack or lunch as part of the activity.

Application forms can be requested from 3 Towns Partnership by calling 03000 267539 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All fully completed applications and supporting documents must be received by 10am on 17 June 2019.

4 Together Partnership Area Budget Call out

Dear All – just a reminder about our Area Budget Callout – please could you share to groups you feel may wish to participate as the deadline is only a couple of weeks away!

The deadline for completed expression of interest forms for Area Budget 4 Together Partnership 5pm Monday 3 June

Expression of Interest forms must be fully completed , and returned with project quotes ( 1 per item  or 3 for any  items over 5K)  

Are You Area Budget Ready?
Projects will not be expected to have a start date before November 2019.
Area Budget 4 Together Partnership
Area Budgets (£100,000) are devolved allocations of funds which are made available to AAPs for use locally – projects are required to benefit people from at least, or more than one the 4 Together Partnership areas of Ferryhill, West Cornforth, Bishop Middleham and Chilton & Windlestone.These funds will support community-led initiatives that align themselves with the AAP priorities.

Who CAN be funded?
Only not for profit organisations are eligible to receive Area or Neighbourhood Budget ( large and small grants) – voluntary & community sector organisations, statutory bodies including DCC services, Police, Fire, and Health, Town & Parish Councils, Schools and Colleges, Company limited by guarantee (please note: Charity Commission status or registration as a CIC

Projects must meet the overall theme of Health & Wellbeing- Providing opportunities for children, young people & families and/or older people, to improve mental & or physical health and assist residents to live a happier and healthy life, in at least one of our 4 Together areas covering at least one or more of the agreed headings:-

  • Activities/resources for all children, young people and families and/or older people in relation to health & wellbeing, including mental & physical health (no one-off events)
    •Local transport (not enough funding resources for wide scale change, but applicants could apply for funding to cover transport costs as part of project applications)
    •Support for facilities – upgrades (including deteriorating condition of play equipment or upgrading, including special educational needs & disability)
    •Making our areas more attractive
    •Safer
    •Support for community groups, including staffing & running costs
    •Employment & training, advice and guidance
    •Communication (but not a one-off newsletter)
    Applicants will be provided with the appropriate information from the 4 Together Partnership’s action plan with further details regarding these headings based on comments from recent consultation and from issues needs and concerns discussed via the task group members. Applications need to take this information into consideration and potentially incorporated into your project description where relevant.

All Area Budgets must be a minimum of £5,000

We will seek projects that are revenue or capital, or both, up to the full allocation Permitted (£76k revenue/£24k capital).

  • Revenue only projects – between min £5k - £10k;
    • Revenue and Capital mixed projects – min £5k - £10k revenue and up to £10k capital (potentially £20k in total)
    • Capital only projects – min £5k - £20k.
    • Applicants can apply more than once but their projects must not be reliant on each other
    • Applicants must provide at least 5% match funding (in-kind or financial)
    • You will be requested to supply Quotes with your expression of interest - 1 quote for items under £5k – and 3 quotes for any individual item that costs £5k or more

Expressions of interest forms will be available from May and must be FULLY completed and returned by the deadline that will be provided at the start of the callout.

The ranking board will be looking for:-
How well your expression of interest explains how it meets the overall theme as above, what you will do, how you will do it, where the project will be delivered, who the beneficiaries would be, and what they would specifically spend the Area Budget funding on.
How well you have shown they have an identified genuine need for the project,
How well the future sustainability of the project beyond the lifetime of this funding has been thought about,
Main risk factors for the project have been taken into consideration and adequately addressed,
How well the applicant has explained how the project will be delivered, who will be involved and what their role will be,
How well the project shows good value for money, and includes at least 5% match funding.

You will eventually need to supply Documents/ information you will be asked at the declaration of interest stage to confirm that this is doable:-

  • Signed up-to-date accounts – or in the case of new groups you must supply a year’s forecast
    •Signed governing document - including dissolution clause (explains what would happen to assist if the group was to fold)
    •Recent bank statement – one from within the last 3 months
    •Evidence of support/involvement from other service providers – particularly if mentioned in the application

Project Start Dates
Expressions of interest forms will be sifted by the 4 Together Partnership staff for eligibility, applications will then go through a series of processes i.e. Task & Finish Group for comments, Sub–board ranking, and circulation to Board & response time to queries before final agreement. It is part of the process that queries, comments, questions will need to be responded to by the applicant within a given timescale to ensure that projects progress through the process.

The applicants of the successfully ranked projects will eventually need to transfer their project onto a full Area Budget form when requested, the complete signed application, and all requested documentation must be provided before any projects are submitted to the funding team for technical appraisal. The Funding Team then require a minimum 8-week turnaround from their receipt of your application. No projects will be expected to have a start date before November 2019

As the Area Budget callout is a competitive process , although the AAP staff cannot give individual assistance in completing your expression of interest form, you will be supplied with a guidance & processes document, and following all of the above points will help you along the way!  please contact us for further information . 4 Together AAP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bishop Auckland and Shildon AAP Youth Fund  - FUNDING AVAILABLE

Applications are now open for the BASH AAP Youth Fund. £9,902 is available to each AAP for projects which support community led youth initiatives that meet local needs, impact on the County and AAP priorities to improve outcomes for young people.

Maximum grant available is £3,000 with match funding being encouraged. Please find the guidance attached for more information.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 15 June 2018, for an application form or to discuss your project, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Project start dates should be no sooner than October 2018.

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,

Spennymoor,

Co Durham

DL16 6JQ

Tel: 03000 261135 or 07818 510367

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web: www.durham.gov.uk/spennymooraap