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Apply for funding through Chester-le-Street and District AAP

We have access to almost £585,000 of funding to support our local community groups and organisations. You have to apply for funding, but we can help you complete the application forms.

Coronavirus information

We are updating our AAP Facebook page with any local information regarding the coronavirus. This includes changes to services or support in your area.

Available funding

All AAPs have access to the funding below.

FundingWho can applyAmount you can apply forTotal available
Area budgetProjects that address main AAP prioritiesOver £5000£100,000
Older Person's Social Isolation FundProjects looking to address issues of social isolation with the over 50'sOver £5000£25,000
Welfare Reform fundProjects that are looking to tackle issues relating welfare, benefits and employmentOver £5000£10,000
Youth FundProjects working with young people 11 years and overBetween £1000 and £3300 £9902

Visit Chester-le-Street and District AAP priorities to see our current list of priorities. If your project addresses one of these priorities, you may be able to apply for our area budget.

Chester-le-Street and District AAP funds

As well as the funds listed above we're also able to provide funding from the funds listed below. 

If you're interested in applying for any AAP funding, contact us for more information. We are able to help organisations with the application process.

Have your say on spending across the Chester-le-Street and District area

If you live, work, volunteer or study in and around the Chester-le-Street and District area you can choose which local projects should receive a share of £25,000.

There are Twenty-four organisations competing for a share of the funding from the Chester-le-Street and District Area Action Partnership (AAP). You can decide which of these can benefit from the AAP's It's Up 2 U Community Grant Fund at an event on Saturday 28 March 2020 at Park View Academy between 10.00am and 2.00pm.

Each organisation will present their case for funding, explaining more about their projects and how they would spend the funding, at Park View Academy between 10.00am and 2.00pm. During the event you can vote towards deciding which organisations the funding is awarded to.

Anyone who lives, works, volunteers or studies in the Chester-le-Street and District AAP area and is eleven years old or over is invited to vote on which projects they feel will be of most benefit to their local community.

Organisations have been split into two groups competing for different amounts of funding.

  • Group A is for projects applying for a grant of £1,250 or lower.
  • Group B is for projects applying for grants of more than £1,250. 

People will be able to vote for two projects from each group before having their say on which areas of work they think the AAP should focus on as its future priorities.

The event will also offer community safety advice and equipment. You will be able to view sculptures made by local school children with eco-bricks through the 'Building a Waste Free Future' project. 

Michael Wilkes, Chester-le-Street and District Area Action Partnership co-ordinator, said: "The event promises to be a really exciting opportunity for members of our community to get involved in making local decisions. You can only do this by being there on the day so we're encouraging people to make sure that they come along and make their vote count."

The projects you can vote for are: 

Group A 

  • SHAID (Single Homeless Action Initiative Durham), St Peter's Court - Enrichment Activities 
  • Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust - Team Solan Supports More Warriors 
  • Dryburn Theatre Workshop - Relaxed Pantomime Performance  
  • Society of Disabled Artists (SODA) - SODA Out in the Community 
  • Burnmoor Juniors Cricket Club - Burnmoor Juniors Cricket - Annexe Improvements
  • Press a Different Button, Durham Christian Partnership (PadB) - PadB Music for Wellbeing
  • Foundation of Light - Then and Now CLS 
  • Great Lumley Methodist Church Brass Band - Little Learners 
  • Chester-le-Street & District Athletics Club - Mini Sports
  • Chester-le-Street Amateur Swimming Club - Backstroke Ledges 
  • Park View Academy of Sport - Multi-Skills Holiday Coaching  
  • The Craft Cabin North East CIC - Art4All
  • Parish Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert - Ignite After School Club

Group B

  • Integrating Children (known as Integrating) - 'Rugability' Project 
  • If U Care Share Foundation - Suicide Prevention and Post-vention Counselling Space
  • Culture 4 Kids CIC - Our Roots, Our Way
  • 1st Burnmoor Scouts - Access for All     
  • Durham Cricket Foundation - ChesterFest 
  • Friends of Riverside Park - Waiting for the Ferry
  • Hilda Park Football Club - Pitch Improvements 
  • Chester-le-Street Sea Cadets - New Safety Boat 
  • 4th Chester-le-Street Scout Group - Learning Garden 
  • Park View Community Centre - Improving Space at Park View Community Centre  
  • Chester-le-Street Church of England Primary School - Outdoor Play and Climb Equipment 

Neighbourhood budget

Each county councillor has a budget of £19,400 that they can allocate to projects in the local community. You have to apply for funding.

How to apply

If you have a project idea you will need to discuss this with and get the support of your local County Councillor before an application can be considered.

See Your Councillors for a list of  councillor contact details and information on the local projects they have supported with their Neighbourhood Budget.

Other sources of funding

If you are looking for funding for your community group - including sports clubs, local charities, school fundraising groups and credit unions - sign up to our free, easy to use, community funding website to:

  • search for funding schemes available for your group
  • apply for funding
  • get advice on producing your funding application

Login or sign up to our Durham 4 Community website to search for funding available.

Contact us
Area Action Partnership - Chester-le-Street and District
03000 266 147
Our address is:
  • One Point Hub
  • Burns Green
  • Chester-le-Street
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH3 3QH