15th Sep 2020

Projects that build safer, stronger communities could benefit from a funding boost, thanks to Durham Police. 

Acting Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner, Steve White, is welcoming applications to the Community Safety Fund, run in partnership with County Durham Community Foundation.  

Steve White said: “I am so pleased to be able to announce that once again we are able to support local community groups and help to make a difference to so many. 

“This is a crucial fund for empowering our communities to lead the change that’s right for their postcode. 

“We are particularly interested in applications from grassroots groups in Durham and Darlington that focus on a specific area or neighbourhood.” 

Last year the fund supported 21 projects with more than £141,000 - all aimed at creating safer communities.  

Community centre Bullion Hall in Chester-le-Street, used their £7,000 grant to offer groups for young people who might not attend more traditional youth club activities.  

For the first time, the centre ran evening activities specifically for girls, to build friendship and leadership skills; led by the Girls Friendly Society based at the Hall. The group attracted record sign-ups and brought young people into the Hall who had never been before. A second project, Ideas Lab, was run by Culture for Kids, and focused on supporting a small group of teenagers with creative activities to boost mental health.  

Preference will be given to projects that can show they are embedded in a community, and focus on a specific locality, as opposed to projects with a wider but lighter touch approach. An example would be creating activities for young people in a specific community as opposed to a county wide publicity campaign for public safety. 

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