A funding programme that specialises in quick turn-arounds for community projects in County Durham has issued a call for applications.
The believe housing community investment fund provides more than £150,000 a year to dozens of community and not-for-profit groups. Now the multi-award-winning housing association has issued a new call for applications to its small grants pot.
Grants of up to £500 and up to £1,000 can be submitted for projects that help vulnerable people, tackle issues such as hunger or poverty, and improve health or lifestyle. The grant applications require a minimum of paperwork and decisions are made monthly. Projects submitting a bid now, could still be up and running during Autumn.
The process has also been designed with small, or recently formed groups in mind, which might not have experience of submitting funding bids. Advice on submitting an application is available from a dedicated team at believe housing.
Damian Pearson, Community Investment Performance Team Leader at believe housing, said: “When we launched this funding programme, we identified a real need in the region for smaller grants, with minimal paperwork and quick decisions.
“We’ve been able to help everyone from tap dancers in Dawdon to foodbanks in Stanhope. But we’re really keen to hear from new groups and projects as we head towards the autumn and winter months.
Haswell Mencap were able to support 50 families facing isolation and loneliness with their ‘booster bus’ project thanks to a £500 grant from believe housing. The funding provided materials and helped to cover running costs.
Hayley Hood from Haswell Mencap said: “We are grateful for the financial support from believe housing. The pandemic hit us really, really hard.”
Any community organisation, non-profit making group, charity or school in the areas covered by believe housing is eligible for the scheme.
Applications to the believe housing community grant programme are open now. A full list of areas covered by the funding and an online application form are available here.