Housing group adds an extra £20,000 to funding pot for community groups

At least 20 grass roots community groups are set to benefit from the expansion of a successful grant programme.

A two-year pilot scheme is offering projects in communities across County Durham, and some neighbouring areas, up to £1,000. believe housing is expanding its community grant programme, which has already helped more than 100 organisations, with a second funding stream.

Any community organisation, non-profit making group, charity or school in communities served by believe housing will be eligible to apply for the £1,000 grants available. The new grants will work alongside the existing fund that is open for applications up to £500. Both share a simple application process with decisions made on a monthly basis giving groups a speedy turn-around for bids.

Funding Officer from believe housing, Damian Pearson, said: “Grass roots groups in the north east do so much to make communities better places and provide new opportunities for the people living there. Our funding programme has been able to help everyone from dance groups in Murton to foodbanks in Stanhope. But, we wanted to do more to help while keeping the application process hassle-free.

“We’re hoping that our new £1,000 will be perfect for lots of groups who are looking for funding to make their next project possible.”

An initial £20,000 has been allocated to the pilot of the expanded funding programme by believe housing. In the last four years the Seaham-based housing association’s community investment schemes have generated well in excess of £1m in social benefit to the neighbourhoods that have received support, using industry standard measures.

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