Community groups and voluntary organisations across County Durham have benefitted from almost £40m in grants during the past nine years.
The cash has been handed out through Durham County Council’s Area Action Partnerships, which have just awarded their 5,000th grant to King’s Church Durham - Achor Community.
The group, which aims to reduce social isolation and build community cohesion in the Sherburn Road area of Durham City, has received £10,450 from Durham AAP.
Cllr Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council, said: “The overall purpose of the grants handed out through our 14 AAPs is to support the improvement of the social, economic and environmental well-being of our communities.
“During the past decade, they have helped a wide variety of projects, ranging from installations at Lumiere Durham to covering running costs for grassroots community schemes [and] summer holiday provision.
“I am incredibly pleased that we have been able to help so many initiatives targeting such a wide range of topics, issues and activities, which have in turn helped thousands of people in all corners of our county.”