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The High Sheriff Awards 2018 programme is open for nominations!

 The scheme is supported by the Sir James Knott Trust, CDCF and the current High Sheriff, Mrs Caroline Peacock of Bishop Auckland, who serves for one year from April 2017.  

In 2018 the awards will focus on youth groups who work on two particular themes:

•        Supporting young people affected by mental health issues and/or young offenders to help turn their lives around

•        Supporting young people to be upstanding citizens and/or deterred from criminal activities

Award Amount: Up to £2,500

Closing Date: Wednesday, 24th January 2018 

Grant Award Date: Thursday, 15th March 2018

If you think your group might be eligible contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information

Community grants set to brighten neighbourhoods

Community grants set to brighten neighbourhoods

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Grants of up to £500 are on offer to help green-fingered folk make a difference to County Durham.

As part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) It’s Your Neighbourhood (IYN) campaign, Durham County Council is offering up to £500 worth of funding, to a maximum of 15 community groups, in an effort to encourage volunteers to take part in environmental improvement projects.

The Community Grant Scheme, led by the council’s Civic Pride team, will enable small groups to get involved in projects which will also complement the work of local RHS Northumbria in Bloom and Britain in Bloom teams.

Projects must make a positive change to an area where people live, work or spend their leisure time and meet the three core pillars of the RHS scheme:

    • Community participation

    • Environmental responsibility - promoting respect for the local environment and encouraging people to take ownership of it

    • Gardening achievement.

Additionally, all projects must be located within County Durham.

Scheme ideas could include cleaning up and greening up a local area, planting flowers, working with a local school on an eco-project, helping older or vulnerable groups to enhance their natural environment or transforming a community centre outdoor space.

Ian Hoult, the council’s neighbourhood protection manager, said: “We’re always impressed by the fantastic improvements that are inspired by the community grant scheme and the IYN competition.  It is a great opportunity to get people together, brighten up their local neighbourhoods and help County Durham shine. Our Civic Pride team will support successful groups in delivering their desired project and help them enter the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood competition – where I’m sure they’ll get great results.”

Projects must be delivered during spring/summer 2018 in order to be eligible for a grant.

Community groups do not need to be a registered charity to apply.

Groups which were awarded funding last year can apply again to develop their schemes further, however new applicants will be given preference.

Forms and guidance notes can be downloaded at www.durham.gov.uk/itsyourneighbourhood from today (1 November.)

Alternatively people can request an application pack by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 03000 26 0000 to order one by post.

Complete applications can be returned by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to:

Durham County Council

RHS IYN Community Grant Scheme

Civic Pride team

Chilton Depot

Chilton Industrial Estate

Co Durham

DL17 0SD.

The closing date is Friday, 8 December.

 

DCC Consultations

Durham County Council (DCC) want everyone who lives in, works or visits County Durham to help improve their services and influence the decisions they make. One way we do this is by consulting with people on what they think about the services and projects DCC provide.

DCC will consult and involve as many people as possible when reviewing and implementing services. The result will be services that better match the needs of communities.

In order to see the current DCC consulations please check the following DCC Consultations