Stand Out for Stanley Day

Ground-breaking Stanley fund opens for applications.

A fund to uplift the town of Stanley and surrounding wards has reopened for applications.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to community and voluntary organisations, charities, and constituted groups, to support a broad range of projects contributing to the community of Stanley.

To date, £190,000 has been awarded to such projects, thanks to a collaboration between County Durham Community Foundation, Stanley Town Council, Stanley Area Action Partnership and MP Kevan Jones.

Amazing projects

Sharon Gollan, programme manager for the Foundation, said: “By working together we have been able to fund some truly amazing projects that offer opportunity and hope to local families and young people. The standard of applications has been exceptional, and this supports our view that communities know what is needed, they just need the financial support to make it happen.”

On April 30th, police, charities, businesses, and local schools celebrated the success of the Fund and raised awareness by dressing up for the first Stand Out for Stanley Day.

Sharon added: “We are hugely grateful to our fund partners for their ongoing support and commitment to the Fund. Seeing the response to the first Stand Out for Stanley Day confirmed that the Fund has and will continue to make a huge difference to Stanley and the surrounding areas.”

Standing Out for Stanley

Priority for grants will be given to organisations meeting the aims of the fund and operating within the boundaries of the Stanley Parish Wards, which are: Annfield Plain; Catchgate; Craghead and South Stanley; Havannah; South Moor; Stanley Hall and Tanfield.

Sergeant Terry Archbold from Durham Constabulary said: “The Stand Out For Stanley initiative is a brilliant idea for boosting awareness of the great work that takes place within Stanley and one which we as the local policing team are fully supportive.    

“Stanley has a fantastic community spirit and any activity which highlights that and helps bring people together is greatly appreciated.” 

To date the Stanley Community Fund has made grants to local groups offering sport for young people, support for those in need and opportunities for local residents. PACT House, Stanley Starz, Stanley Kicks and Just for Women are just some of the beneficiaries.  

To apply, and for further information about the Fund,  please click here.