Derwentside Council for Voluntary Services and Volunteer Bureau
supporting the voluntary and community sector of Derwentside

Stanley AAP's Small Grants Fund is now open for applications

What is the Small Grants Fund?
The Small Grants Fund is a fund that has been established to provide relatively small grants for locally based not for profit groups - community and voluntary groups, organisations, associations, ward and community partnerships and social enterprises wishing to develop relevant projects.

Funding for the Small Grants Fund has been provided by Stanley Area Action Partnership (AAP). It is administered on behalf of the AAP by Derwentside Council for Voluntary Services (DCVS).

This grants fund will only fund projects/activities that meet one or more of the Stanley AAP priorities which were developed by local people. These priorities are:
• Regeneration of Stanley and it’s villages
• Opportunities and activities for young people
• Transport and environment
• Crime and community safety.

Within your application you must demonstrate how one or more of the above priorities will be met by the project/activity that you are requesting funding for.

Who can apply?
• Local community groups
• Community partnerships
• Voluntary groups
• Charities and Trusts
• Social enterprises (including Community Interest Companies)

How much can you apply for?
Applicants can apply for grants up to £2,000. Grants will be awarded via a relatively quick and easy process.

Groups with an annual income of over £25,000 are not eligible to apply.

The Small Grants Fund can fund a wide range of projects and activities. Here are a few examples of the kind of projects that can be considered:
• A crèche facility while parents attend training sessions
• Publicity & promotion of a group in order to encourage the community to become involved
• Equipment such as garden tools, hearing loops, computers, sports kit, educational toys and games
• Improving facilities to meet updated health & safety regulations
• Research or transport costs
• Start up costs for various new groups
• Developing a community allotment/garden
• A local history project involving different generations
• Improving a village hall or community centre
• Diamond Jubilee events/parties
• 2012 Olympics linked events.

How to apply
To request an Application Form and Guidance Notes please contact Derwentside CVS on 01207 218855 or email

Closing date for applications
The closing date for applications for this round of the grants fund is Monday 30th April 2012

Further information and support
If you require any advice or support to help you complete the application form, please contact DCVS on 01207 218855 or email us


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