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The Brightwater Landscape Project is a National Heritage Lottery Fund supported project that aims to reveal, restore and celebrate the heritage of the Bright Water area. This includes its built, natural and cultural heritage.  Bright Water refers to the land that surrounds the River Skerne and its tributary burns: Fishburn, Bishop Middleham, Sedgefield, Mordon, Newton Aycliffe, Heighington, Aycliffe Village, Houghton-le-Side, Walworth, Barmpton and surrounding areas, as well as parts of Darlington.

Community Grants will be available for groups and organisations to:

  • Strengthen their organisation; this could be through training or support your organisation needs to grow or become more sustainable, equipment that would make a lasting difference to the work your group undertakes.
  • Run additional activities; these could be activities that help attract new members to your group or special events that encourage visitors or local residents to explore the Brightwater area.
  • Celebrate the Brightwater; your group may have ideas for activities that help more people connect with the Brightwater area’s culture or natural environment.

Who can apply?

Groups must:

  • be based within the Brightwater area
  • be rooted in, and engaging with, the community (for example through being led by a volunteer committee, providing volunteering opportunities, having open membership, proactively trying to engage new members)

When to apply?

The second and final round of community Grants will be available from October 2021. There is no closing date, we will aim to have a decision for you within six weeks of receiving your application. The Grants will be open until all of the funds have been given out.