Community groups in County Durham & Darlington receive share of 54,000

06 July 2011

County Durham Community Foundation has awarded over £54,000 in grants in the space of just one week to community groups and individuals across County Durham.

Twenty-nine community groups and individuals received grants from the Community Foundation last week including a grant of £20,000 to the Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP), a charity based in Newton Aycliffe which aims to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life, and reduce inequalities of life. The PCP has received a total of £19,997 from the Health Networks Fund administered by the Community Foundation on behalf of the County Durham Health and Wellbeing Partnership. The fund aims to make available financial support to the five Health Networks in County Durham, supporting health improvement activities and addressing each of their priorities.

The Health Network in Sedgefield has worked in partnership with the PCP to develop and address their priorities of mental health & employability, cardio vascular disease and tobacco. The PCP received £10,000 towards a Mental Health & Employability Health Trainer Programme, through which they will train a group of mentors to provide a "one stop shop" for support in respect of learning, employability and health whilst promoting positive mental health. They also received a further £9,997 towards a Healthy Heart Roadshow Project providing health and wellbeing information, taster sessions on improving lifestyles, mini health MOTs and NHS health checks for target groups within Sedgefield.

Another grant recipient who took a share of the £54,000 was Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell, a member of the Great Britain Rowing Team who hopes to take part in the 2012 Olympics. Nathaniel was awarded £5,000 from the EBAC Fund to buy a single scull boat for training and racing. To find out more about Nathaniel’s path towards the 2012 Olympics you can view his blog at

County Durham Community Foundation manages over 140 funds on behalf of individuals and companies in County Durham, each with their own bespoke criteria and has made grants of over £18 million since it was set up. If you would like to find out more or apply for a grant for yourself or your community group then visit their website at