AN area action partnership (AAP) has set aside £20,000 to support community centres and village halls.

Weardale AAP is encouraging the volunteers that run community buildings to apply for a share of the new funding pot, which recognises the vital role these facilities play in towns and villages across the area.

Grants are available for various projects and although the AAP would encourage match funding, applications for fully funded projects will also be considered.

David Taylor-Gooby, of Weardale AAP, said: “Community groups make a significant contribution to reducing social isolation and we don’t want them to have to meet in cold and drafty buildings. They need to be in a warm and safe environment.

“As an AAP we are committed to supporting those responsible for managing and maintaining community buildings.”

Last year, Weardale AAP supported many village halls through its Small Grants Fund.

These include Edmundbyers Village Hall, which received funding to buy a projector and pay for trees to be trimmed; Frosterley Village Hall which was supported to buy new blinds; Barrington Village Hall, which received a grant towards new flooring, windows and doors; and Upper Weardale Town Hall, which secured a grant towards decorating costs.

Members of the AAP team can provide further information, guidance and support to complete the application form. Advice can also be provided on other possible funding sources which may be available.

To find out more and to request an application form, contact 03000-268076.