Lifeline Community Action

County Durham Community Foundation provides grants that make a genuine difference to the lives of local people. We manage charitable funds donated by local individuals, families, businesses and trusts, building up a source of long-term support for the community and acting as the vital link between donors and local needs, enabling people to achieve far more than they could by themselves.

We are dedicated to helping communities grow by creating opportunities and tackling issues of disadvantage and exclusion.

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21 December 2017

Staff at Durham Constabulary raise £1,260 in memory of their colleague, PC Gavin Smith.

Kind-hearted staff at Durham Constabulary have helped to raise more than £1,000 for a cancer charity in memory of their colleague, PC Gavin Smith.

Cheque presentation with Fund Manager, James Eaglesham

18 December 2017

A bus company has driven its grant giving to a £50,000 milestone

Arriva has donated thousands of pounds to 86 community projects in County Durham since 2001, through CDCF.

Lifeline Community Action

11 December 2017

NEW CEO Announced

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Michelle Cooper as our new Chief Executive.

Michelle Cooper

01 December 2017

Barbara Gubbins humbled by CBE

One of the North-Eastís best-known community campaigners has been presented with the CBE for her dedication to the voluntary sector.

Barbara Gubbins, CBE

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