6th Dec 2017

The North Durham Community Led Local Development (CLLD) Programme was launched on 30th November 2017.

What is Community Led local Development?

CLLD is a bottom up way of engaging communities to secure economic outcomes to promote skills and access to employment.

CLLD is funded by European Investment Funds through a mix of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) money and funding from the European Social Fund (ESF). CLLD will operate for 4 years until late 2021.

How much has been secured?

The total value of the European Funding secured is £3,530,703. This funding is split across the 2 eligible areas of County Durham as noted above.

In the Northern area this gives us grant funds of £1,524,303.

Where is this being delivered?

CLLD areas must be focused around communities with populations in the top 20% deprived areas nationally and also the areas must be contiguous with a natural community boundary. The eligible areas are as follows:

Chester-le-Street, Pelton Fell, Sacriston, Pelton, Grange Villa, Perksinsville, Nettlesworth, Plawsworth, Stanley, South Moor, Craghead, Annfield Plain and Dipton.

What activities will CLLD support?

CLLD aims to “increase employment and skills, social enterprise and reduce social exclusion in order to support the social regeneration of deprived areas”

There are five priority themes which the programme aims to address between November 2017 and March 2022. These being:

·         Sustainable Communities                              

·         Enhancing Economic Inclusion

·         Stimulating Entrepreneurialism

·         Enterprising Spaces

·         Developing Growth & Enterprise

How will the funding be allocated?

Due to the bottoms up nature of this specific European programme a Local Action Group (LAG) has been formed that will involve a range of local people, local stakeholders and agency to consider prospective bids against the targets set in the Local Development Strategy.

Project calls will be opened in line with the five priority themes as the programme progresses. We will launch the first a project call in mid-December.

What’s next?

The CLLD Team are holding a series of ‘CLLD drop in sessions’ where we would like to invite you to come along and meet the Team and find out more about the North CLLD programme, meet the team, the LAG members and further information on the first call for projects:

Monday 18th December:

10am – 12noon The Venue, Wear Road, Stanley, DH9 6LU.

2pm – 4pm @ Dipton Jubilee Centre, Front Street, Dipton, DH9 9DR

Thursday 11th January:

10am – 12noon Cornerstones Centre for the Community at Chester le Street Methodist Church, North Burns, Chester le Street, DH3 3TF

*If you plan on attending one of the drop in sessions please let us know of your attendance.

If you would like any further information or assistance please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards,

Gemma Dobson

CLLD Co-ordinator

Louisa Centre

Front Street


County Durham


Mobile: 07384247356

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