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Spennymoor AAP – Call for projects - Do you have a Proposal?

Spennymoor AAP – Call for projects - Do you have a Proposal?


Spennymoor AAP, along with the other thirteen AAPs across the county, have been working intensively to help deliver emergency schemes to support our local residents and communities in combating the challenges presented to us all as a result of the COVID pandemic.  Included within the wide-ranging work which the AAPs have undertaken since the outbreak of the pandemic, is the allocation of over £95,000 to projects within the Spennymoor AAP area. 

Although there continues to be global uncertainty as to how the pandemic will be managed moving forward, Spennymoor AAP, along with the other thirteen AAPs across County Durham, are progressing with their Area Budget allocations for the 2020/21 financial year. Taking into consideration the current challenging situation we all find ourselves in, it has been agreed that there will be a generic focus, this financial year, on COVID Recovery.  COVID Recovery could mean a number of different things, depending on the environment you are delivering in and also the community within which your work is carried out. Taking on board the wide-ranging remit that COVID Recovery could cover, we have provided a list below of the potential areas that we think COVID Recovery could focus on:

  • Employability Initiatives
  • Advice and Guidance
  • Physical Activity, Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Organisational Sustainability
  • Food Provision and Support
  • Social Isolation
  • Support for the Voluntary and Community Sector
  • Support to Small Businesses (through a third party, not-for-profit organisation to complement existing DCC and external opportunities).

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and there may be other recovery areas that need to be taken into consideration.


Taking the information above into consideration, Spennymoor AAP would like to invite organisations and groups to submit potential project proposals to the AAP, based on the COVID Recovery theme and the suggested area/s highlighted above.  Please note that, when considering your application, the minimum amount you can apply for is £5,000. 


If you want to discuss any proposals you may have or if you simply want to obtain an application form, then please use the contact details below.  The deadline for receiving applications is 12noon on Monday 12th October 2020. 


The contact details for Spennymoor AAP are as follows: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Telephone: 03000 262 062

South Durham Community Led Local Development (CLLD)

Community Led Local Development is a bottom-up community development initiative to deliver economic outcomes in the most deprived areas.  The programme aims to increase employment and skills, social enterprise, and social inclusion in order to support social regeneration within deprived areas. Projects must demonstrate that activity targets the most deprived areas and priority will be given to activity targeting the top 20% deprived wards. (ID 2010).

South Durham CLLD area covers: Spennymoor, Coundon and Leeholme, Bishop Auckland, St Helen Auckland, West Auckland and Shildon. A full map and postcode checker can be found at


We are looking for project proposals in the South Durham CLLD area to help businesses and individuals around the following priority themes:


  • Developing Growth & Enterprise – Supporting businesses to grow and develop
  • Stimulating Entrepreneurialism – Support to enable businesses and individuals to become enterprise ready
  • Enterprising Spaces – Develop underutilised space to use as business space(s)

£490,000 amount is available (however the accountable body reserve the right to increase or decrease this amount)


Minimum Grant Value for Projects is expected to be £10,000

Applicants can apply for up to 60% of the total project cost from the programme

Project delivery can be up until 31st December 2021.

The application is a two-stage process.


The first stage involves completing an Expression of Interest form that will need to be submitted by noon on the 30th October 2020 when the call will close.


Who Can Apply

Organisations who are formally constituted and able to provide a copy of their organisation’s constitution, memorandum and articles of association/ rules or registration numbers at application stage. This may include the following but is not exhaustive:

  • Voluntary & Community Sector Organisations
  • Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Registered Charities
  • Companies Limited by Guarantee, Companies Limited by Shares
  • Parish or Town Councils, and
  • Local Authority.
  • Higher and Further Education establishments


To discuss further your project idea please contact by emailing the South Durham CLLD Co-ordinator Angela Blanchard

email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   telephone 07814979568 or Full programme information can be found on our website





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