Celebrating our voluntary and community groups

Sunnyside Rural Trust and therapeutic chicken

This year we have once again recognised the borough’s most inspirational community projects with our Community Grant Awards.

Although we weren’t able to host our annual awards evening in person, we’re pleased to announce the winners and highly commended projects.

These awards were open to all organisations that received a community grant in 2020-2021, and most of the projects were focused on helping the community during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions.

Community grants are for all not-for-profit organisations based in Dacorum or working with Dacorum residents and are designed to support community activities and improve the health and wellbeing of residents in Dacorum.

The winners and highly commended organisations this year showed how they were able to deliver both online and in-person projects to positively impact people in Dacorum and to help them maintain good health and wellbeing despite the restrictions of lockdown.

You can watch the awards video:

The categories for the awards ceremony are:

  • Dacorum Compact Partnership Award
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Community Capacity
  • Regeneration
  • Community Event
  • Volunteering
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Active Dacorum

The winning projects

Dacorum Compact Partnership Award – AgeUK Dacorum

It delivered a technology project to help keep older adults connected during lockdown and when restrictions eased they worked in partnership to deliver gardening activities.

Equality and Diversity Award – Sunnyside Rural Trust

This project delivered a social prescribing project to help people through therapeutic sessions at the Northchurch allotment site.

Community Capacity Award – Dacorum Community Trust

Its grant was used to purchase essential equipment for people living in temporary accommodation.

Regeneration Award – Little Gaddesden Bowls and Croquet Club

The club used its grant to refurbish the clubhouse, making it match fit and COVID-19 secure.

Community Event Award – Tring Together

The Christmas Festival went virtual in 2020, combining a range of online and at-home activities.

Volunteering Award – The Heather Club

The club's volunteers worked to deliver online sessions to club members, ensuring they didn’t become isolated during lockdown.

Health and Wellbeing Award – Dacorum Community Dance

Dacorum Community Dance was able to maintain its dance classes online, getting older residents up and moving, and helping to reduce social and digital isolation.

Active Dacorum Award – Tudors Supporters Club

The club developed a new community fitness initiative combining football with fitness coaching, helping adults in Dacorum return to a more active lifestyle.

Could your project benefit from a Community Grant?

If you are part of a community or voluntary group you can apply for a community grant of up to £3,000. The next round of community grant funding is currently open and closes on Tuesday 31 May 2022.

Find out more and apply on our Grants page.