Community groups are being urged to bid for their share of £30,000 available to help fund projects across County Durham.

Funding for projects like community events, training and equipment is being offered by County Durham Housing Group. The successful ‘group grant’ scheme offers up to £500 and is designed to help new groups make their first steps, as well as supporting longstanding organisations.

Since it was launched in summer 2017, the programme has provided a cash boost to a charity supporting families with autistic children; a school expanding its play facilities; and a boxing club trying to cope with increasing membership amongst other projects. Now County Durham Housing Group is on the lookout for more groups that could benefit from funding.

The application process for ‘group grant’ has been kept deliberately simple and funding decisions are made monthly to ensure local groups don’t wait for lengthy periods to find out if they have been successful.

Any community organisation, non-profit making group, charity or school working in the areas served by County Durham Housing Group is eligible for the scheme. Groups in most of east Durham, central Durham and Weardale, plus towns and villages like Pity Me, Bishop Auckland and Sherburn are eligible for the scheme.

County Durham Housing Group Community Investment Team Leader, Angela Stobbart, said: “There are groups right across the county who are making a massive difference in their community; where even relatively small amounts of funding could make all the difference to what they can achieve.

“Our group grant scheme has been specifically designed to help those groups, and new organisations make their first steps. We’ve already funded dozens of projects and are actively encouraging applications from new groups. If you’ve got a project looking for funding, please get in touch.”

Full details of the group grant scheme are available at www.countydurhamhousinggroup.co.uk/groupgrant, by calling 0300 1311 999 or emailing groupgrant@cdhg.co.uk