An exciting funding opportunity for community groups and organisations is now open to applications.

East Durham Rural Corridor Area Action Partnership (AAP) has allocated £33,000 to the ‘It’s Up 2 U’ funding scheme, encouraging local groups to apply for capital grants of between £2,000 and £7,500.

The AAP’s aim is to allow communities to have a say on how projects develop in the local area and to identify their priorities for budget spending.

Jane Bellis, Durham County Council’s AAP co-ordinator, said: “We are delighted to launch this year’s ‘It’s Up 2 U’ scheme which gives residents a say on how local money is spent. We encourage community groups, centres, sports clubs and any other not for profit constituted groups to come forward and apply for the capital funding that is available which will hopefully enable more fantastic projects to be delivered within our AAP area.”

Cllr Maura McKeon, chair of the AAP board, added: “I hope that groups and residents from across the AAP area come along and demonstrate what is important in our communities.”

Groups can apply for the scheme by requesting and filling out an application form. This is available by calling 03000 261129 or emailing eastdurhamruralaap@durham.gov.uk

The closing date for completed applications is noon on Friday 14 September 2018.

A public voting event is set to take place on Saturday 3 November 2018 at the Active Life Centre, Coxhoe, County Durham, DH6 4DW from 10am to 2pm.

Jane concluded: “Around 600 people attended last year’s public voting event, which saw funding provided to numerous groups including Trimdon Village Hall and Sedgefield Youth Football Club. As well as having the chance to vote for local projects, there will be a number of activities available for children and Santa will even be in attendance.”

Areas covered by the East Durham Rural Corridor AAP can be found at www.durham.gov.uk/eastdurhamruralaap.