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


We have access to almost £145,000 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.

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 People'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.

It's Up 2 U - community grants scheme launched

The Chester-le-Street and District Area Action Partnership (AAP) have launched their It's Up 2 U - Community Grants Scheme.  It is hoped that a range of local community and voluntary organisations across the area will apply for a share of £25,000 linked to the AAP priorities.

Organisations will be split into two groups competing for different amounts of funding.

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

If you are interested in applying then please contact the AAP Team on 03000 266 147 or by e-mail chester-le-streetaap@durham.gov.uk to register your interest. You will then be forwarded an application form and criteria. The closing date for applications is Monday 3 February 2020. 

A public voting event will take place from 10.00am until 2.00pm on Saturday 28 March 2020, in the Sports Hall, Park View Academy, Church Chare, Chester-le-Street.

Allocation of funding will be based on the amount of votes that each applicant receives, so the more people you can inform about your project and who come to the event to vote, the better.

Michael Wilkes, Chester-le-Street and District Area Action Partnership Co-ordinator, said: "This is a really exciting opportunity for local community and voluntary sector organisations to receive funding and support, and a chance for more people to find out not only about the work of those organisations but of the AAP."

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
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