COMMUNITY groups across the North-East are in with the chance of winning a grant of up to £1,000.

Last year, the Venator Together Fund gave away 40 grants of £250 to local schools, sports clubs and charitable organisations following an online poll where 64,000 public votes were cast.

Maureen Cairns, a community librarian who won funding for the Living Well with Dementia Project in 2018, said: “As a group we were delighted to win the grant as it enabled us to make the wishes of our members become possibilities.”

This year, there is a top award of £1,000 to the application that receives the most public votes as well as other grants of £250.

Applicants will be invited to propose, in no more than 250 words, how their group would use the funding to support teamwork.

Karen Fenwick, from Wynyard-based Venator said: “It’s a pleasure to reopen the Venator Together Fund after such a successful launch in 2018. We are thrilled to announce that a top award of £1,000 will be given to the group that tops the polls in the public vote this year.

“Teamwork is one of our values and we can’t wait to see applications roll in from groups from across the region who share our belief.”

Groups are urged to apply online at

Entries are open until midnight on October 25.