Funding Update

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North East Guide to Grants for Individuals

The 6th Edition (2012-2013) of this guide has just been launched. It contains information on a wide range of non-statutory funding available to people experiencing hardship and to those who are seeking support for educational purposes. The cost is £10.00 plus p&p.

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ESF Community Grants Programme (North East)

Small, third sector, voluntary and community organisations in the North East are able to apply for grants up to £12,000 through the ESF Community Grants programme. 

This fund will provide grants for activities including help with basic skills, work experience, training advice and guidance, job search assistance, confidence building, personal development and support to overcome barriers to training and employment. The target groups includes unemployed people and economically inactive people aged 18 years and over who are from the hardest to reach communities and who have difficulty accessing mainstream provision and/or ESF. Within this target group, participation of the following groups should be prioritised:

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Ageing Well Challenge

Life expectancy has been growing steadily for over half a century and the UK has now reached a point where there are more people over the State Pension age than children. Today there are 10,000 people aged 100 or over. By 2050 there will be 275,000. By 2030, people over 50 will comprise almost a third of the workforce and almost half the adult population

Isolation and loneliness are growing problems in the UK. In 2007 Help the Aged found that 13 per cent of older people felt often or always lonely; an increase of 7 per cent from the previous year. This rate is steadily increasing. The same survey found that 22 per cent of older people were effectively isolated as they needed help to get out and about but could not access the support required.

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If your community group would like specific funding advice or information regarding group policies, procedures  or general development please contact East Durham Trust's Community Development and Funding Officer, Colin Jackson on 0191 5693511 or email



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