Groups in Sunderland are set to benefit from a cash boost, thanks to the 2014 XX Commonwealth Games and the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
Community and voluntary organisations in Hendon and Ryhope are being encouraged to apply for a grant from a legacy programme worth £360,000.
The Fourteen programme is administered by the Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.
It is funded in partnership by Sunderland City Council, the Community Foundation and Spirit of 2012, which established the programme as a legacy of the 2014 XX Commonwealth Games and the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
Fourteen aims to support local communities to improve individual wellbeing and perceptions towards disability, help people overcome isolation and connect communities through social activity and volunteering
Apprentice star Katie Bulmer-Cooke, who has family in Hendon, visited Hendon Young People’s Project to find out how community projects can benefit from the funding.
Katie, who now manages her own personal fitness business, said: “I was very impressed with Hendon Young People’s Project and saw first hand the passionate community champions who support people in our local community.
“I believe strongly in health and wellbeing, and in managing my own personal fitness business I have seen changes in people’s lives.
“Community groups such as Hendon Young People’s Project provide this opportunity at a grass-roots level to ensure anyone can have access to top facilities.” The Hendon project is just one of many organisations eligible to apply for funding from the programme, set to hand out awards of between £15,000 and £50,000.
Karen Daglish, community programmes manager at the Community Foundation, said: “The local priority for Fourteen is social action and volunteering, and our large grants scheme aims to provide a pillar of support to strengthen our communities for generations to come.”
The deadline for applications is noon on Monday, August 10. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by the end of September.
For more information on how to apply and for a full set of guidelines, visit www. communityfoundation.org.uk/apply