ESF Community Grants open for applications across the North East

01 August 2011

COUNTY Durham Community Foundation, in partnership with Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, Tees Valley Community Foundation and the Acumen Development Trust, has won the contract to deliver a £1 million European Social Funding Community Grants programme across the North East from 2011-2013.

The four partners worked together during the competitive bidding process to create a professional and successful proposal. The three-year programme is an excellent opportunity to make a difference in a time of recession and will ensure a total of over £1 million is made available to help community and voluntary groups support the unemployed and inactive move closer to employment.

Barbara Gubbins, Chief Executive of County Durham Community Foundation said:
“This is a great opportunity for the three North East community foundations to work together to deliver a vital programme effectively. Our local knowledge and expertise in grant-making will ensure the funding will be distributed where it is most needed and is very welcome at a time of severe job cuts in our area. With Acumen as the fourth partner, this will enable us to support the groups who are trying to address both worklessness and those recently made redundant, to retrain or find the right career path, raise their aspirations and regain confidence.”

ESF Community Grants will provide awards of up to £12,000 to groups working in education and training in the North East. The emphasis of funding, although not exclusive, is on black minority ethnic, over 50s, females, lone parents and those with health conditions or disabilities.

The fund is now open for applications from community groups in the North East. Anyone wishing to apply for a grant should apply directly to their local community foundation. Groups in County Durham and Darlington should contact Brenda Dye on 0191 378 6344, in Tees Valley contact Michelle Smith on 01642 260 860 and in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland contact Mark Pierce on 0191 222 0945. Details of the programme, guidelines and application forms can be downloaded via