Funding body information

Durham County Council

County Hall
United Kingdom
0300 26 0000


Area Action Partnerships

14 AAPs exist across all areas of the county. Eachis made up of an area forum and an area board to identify and tackle issues in local communities. Each AAP puts plans and actions in place to deliver services where they are needed most and has a budget of £120,000 for local projects and investments, as well as an administration budget for staffing. This is in addition to a neighbourhood budget which each county councillor has to use for local initiatives, informed by the AAPs.

The AAPs are:

Individual AAPs should be contacted to find out more information about grants and fundraising opportunities e.g. '4 Together Area Action Partnership (AAP,)' which provides funding of between £5000 and £8000 for projects which meet specific criteria.

Comunity Chest Grant Funding

Applications for the Community Chest Grant funding closed on Sunday 4 January 2015, however are expected to open again for 2016 applications.

The Community Chest Grant, provided by the Adult Social Care service, alongside Public Health and the North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group, exists to support voluntary and community groups and organisations in delivering services which will make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of their community. The grant opportunity offers an easily accessible process for obtaining start-up funds.

Further information can be found on the Durham Council website.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your Commissioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

Community Funding

European Funding

Useful organisations:

Voluntary Organisations Network North East

One Voice Network

Awards for All

Staff at the council are very helpful when dealing with enquiries. However, there are currently no grants aimed at the voluntary sector, as previous grants such as the Youth Capital Fund have ceased to exist.

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