Aspire round up

Between November 2018 and January 2019 the Aspire panel approved 12 applications across the city and declined 4.

Below are some of the Aspire grants that were approved in the South area.

Crow Lane Art Group 

Image: Some of the Group's work displayed in the Bridges, Sunderland. 

Crow Lane Art Group were awarded £296 in September 2018 to purchase printer ink, mirror picture plates and frames for their artwork. The group is an amateur group of artists who meet regularly at Silksworth Sports complex.  Their work has been displayed in the sports complex, Clays Garden Centre and in the Bridges Shopping Centre, Sunderland.

St David’s Community Church

Image: Volunteers with Apsire cheque 

The group were awarded £500 for security cameras to prevent further vandalism and damage been carried out to the church and it's grounds.  After the installation of the camera's Danielle Smiles from the church said "People feel more secure while using the centre. Aspire is beneficial to grass roots projects with no full time employees to work with people who are vulnerable (older and younger). Without the grant we could not benefit the community" 

Ryhope Community Spirit

Image: Volunteers from the Group with Apsire cheque

The group were awarded £500 to hire a stage and marquee for the Christmas Lights switch on event. The group organise various community activities and events throughout the year, enhancing people’s lives while encouraging social inclusion within the Ryhope community.

Red Machine Allotment Association

Image: Volunteers of the association 

The group were awarded £264 to purchase equipment and materials to create raised beds in their community garden. The group successfully secured funding from Sunderland City Council in October 2018, the south panel were happy to contribute to this jointly funded project. The community garden consists of raised beds, a pond, wildlife area, fruit trees and a greenhouse. The garden is used by a wide range of individuals and organisations including NE autism society, Tudor Grove School and the U3A. Tim Wright, secretary of the group said “this funding will provide opportunities for socialising and non-formal learning while allowing those involved to increase their self-awareness, self-esteem, resilience and confidence."

Aspire is easy to apply for, application forms and guidance notes can be found here or in any local office. The guidance notes include further information on what Aspire grants can be used for and how you can apply.  

However if you wish to discuss your application or need assistance with applying, please contact the Customer and Community team on 0191 525 2760 or via email to