Groups in the Newton Aycliffe and Middridge are set to benefit from a new pot of funding dedicated to small community minded organisations.
The fund, which has been developed by the Great Aycliffe and Middridge Partnership (GAMP), will provide a valuable source of funding to all non-profit making organisations in the area.
The overall aim of the Community Grants Fund is to provide support for groups to organise the activities they would not normally be able to finance.
Groups can apply for up to £750 and applications are sought from charities, community groups and any non-profit organisation for projects that will directly benefit the area and improve the lives of local people.
Examples of what can be funded include:
• Young people’s activities during school holidays
• Social activities for older people
• Equipment that supports a particular activity
• Community events
Brian Riley, GAMP coordinator, said: “A key priority for GAMP is to help support the local community and voluntary sector.”
“Building on the success of previous small grants schemes, it is hoped that community groups will access the funding and deliver a wide range of positive activities.”
Funding is open to local voluntary groups and community groups working within the Great Aycliffe and Middridge Partnership area. Groups can apply for amounts between £250 and £750. Groups can only make one application for this funding, and funding will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
All applications will be considered, especially those which meet GAMPs priorities which are: activities for young people support to the voluntary and community sector, including older people and employment, enterprise, education and training.
We welcome all voluntary and community groups to apply and while we would encourage match funding, we will consider fully funding an activity.
Application packs are available from GAMP by calling 01325 327 441 or by emailing: [email protected]