Cash gifts for groups

Mike Weston
Mike Weston

SHOPPING centre bosses are appealing for cash-strapped groups to apply for a slice of a new community fund.


Kind-hearted chiefs at Castle Dene Shopping Centre, in Peterlee, are urging community groups to apply for a chunk of funding from their new grant scheme.

The centre is pledging to help the needy, who are struggling with the recession or suffering from funding cuts, by launching the Dene Community Support Fund.

The scheme is open to any local groups, ranging from sports clubs, theatre groups and music groups to clubs for the elderly, disabled and even playgroups.

The centre will be giving away up to a maximum of £500 every three months to groups and individuals, which will come as a god-send in the wake of Government budget cuts.

All interested organisations have to do is fill in a short application form explaining why they deserve the support and describing what they intend to do with the money.

Centre manager Mike Weston said: “We are very excited to announce the launch of the Dene Community Support Fund.

“Castle Dene sees itself as an integral part of the local community and understands how hard it is out there at the moment.

“We feel this initiative will really benefit the groups that need it most, especially when local government funding is being cut and feel privileged to be in a position to help.

“We are opening the fund up to all local groups and all we are asking in return is for these groups to put forward a good case as to why they deserve the support, and then prove that they will spend the money wisely.”

If you would like to apply for support, click the EXTERNAL LINK (above, right) or email Lisa O’Hanlon at

Applications for the first series of awards are now open, with a closing date of Friday, March 18.