£90k available to community groups as believe housing launches latest round of large grants

A North East housing association has up to £90,000 in grant funding available to support projects that help its customers to improve their lives.

In the latest round of its large capital community grant, which launches today (Monday, 15 January 2024), believe housing is offering between £10,000 and £30,000 to not-for-profit organisations in County Durham.

Damian Pearson, Community Investment Performance Team Leader at believe housing, said: “Our community funding programme helps deliver projects in our communities that put our customers on a pathway to improving their lives.

“Recent recipients have used the money to run activities tackling food and fuel poverty, combating social isolation, and improving health and wellbeing; to provide people with sustainable transport to work and training; and a primary school was able to improve its grounds to increase opportunities for outdoor play, learning and community activities.

“As we look forward to changing more lives with our funding, we want to hear from projects which will address inequalities resulting from the cost-of-living crisis; support employability, training, volunteering and upskilling; increase household income; improve health, wellbeing and confidence; or support a greener, fairer future.”

Schools, charities, social enterprises, community interest companies, town, parish or community councils, faith groups or venues, and community and voluntary groups can all apply.

Projects must include both capital and revenue elements and at least 30 per cent of beneficiaries need to be a believe housing customer to meet the criteria.

Capital costs can include new assets or the refurbishment of existing assets which will have community benefit and an expected lifespan of at least five years. Examples include new buildings and repairs or refurbishment to existing buildings; outdoor space such as play areas, gyms, gardens and allotments; assets for community or village halls such as PA and audio/visual systems or broadband routers, cabling and installation; vehicles; and public artwork.

Funding can also go towards setting up classes, activities or events; travel costs which are integral to an activity; buying equipment; marketing and promotion; and equipment and resources to run an initiative.

Organisations interested in applying for a Large Capital Community Grant can find out more on the website www.believehousing.co.uk or contact believe housing’s Community Investment Team on 0300 1311999 or at communitygrant@believehousing.co.uk.

The deadline for applications is Monday, 19 February 2024.