Helping community centres to recover from Covid-19
As part of the recovery roadmap from Covid-19 we are providing £734,000 of funding to help support our community centres across the county.
If your community centre is eligible, we will contact the centre directly.
Help we are providing
We have made a commitment to support community centres across County Durham with re-opening following the Covid-19 restrictions, as we understand the vital role they have within the community by providing essential services and activities.
A total of 234 community facilities have been identified across the county and they will be invited to apply for grants. They range from community led buildings and those managed by housing associations.
Faith buildings which provide non-religious community activities will receive a £75,000 share of the funding and will be contacted directly by North East Churches Acting Together, who will process their application.
A one-off grant of up to £5,000 will be available to enable these buildings to open safely and continue to offer the essential services as long as they are able to re-open safely within two months of receiving the grant. Applications are also invited from those centres who have already re-opened.
What the grant can be used for
The grant can be used for a range of costs including:
- additional cleaning costs
- replacing losses in funds due to reduced activities and capacity because of covid restrictions
- extra staffing to support new ways of working
- additional equipment such as movable plastic screening or surface coverings and personal protective equipment
- a contribution to more permanent changes to furniture or flooring
- building running costs
The aim is to provide a safer environment for everyone to support communities as we adapt to live with Covid-19.