Press Release 28 October 2016

How would you like to see £100,000 spent in your local area?

From 1 November communities across County Durham can take part in an online vote on how their Area Action Partnership (AAP) should spend £100,000 next year.

An annual budget of £100,000 is given to each of the 14 AAPs to spend in their local area and for the first time, an online survey has been set up to allow even more residents and organisations to get involved in supporting their AAP to decide on which priority areas this money should be spent. 

Should it be community safety or children and young people or older residents?  There are 10 key priority areas to choose from, but each AAP will need help to decide what priorities to concentrate their efforts and funding on.

People have until Tuesday 13 December 2016 to vote for their area’s priorities and identify where money and resources should be spent first.

Gordon Elliott, head of partnership and community engagement, said: “One of the AAPs’ key roles is to help residents shape their community and with online voting already proving a success with school children, we hope even more people find it easier to get involved and help choose the priorities for their local area.”

To vote, visit For more information about AAPs call 03000 262 056, email or visit