About us - County Durham Community Foundation

County Durham Community Foundation (Charity Number 1047625) is an independent grant-making charity. We promote lasting charitable giving by bringing together donors with their chosen causes, through well-targeted grants that make a genuine difference to the lives of local people. We act as a vehicle for individuals, families and companies who want to put something back into their community, either in their lifetime, or through leaving a legacy.

Similar to having a charitable trust but without the high administrative costs and lengthy legal processes, donors can choose from a number of ways to channel their charitable giving by setting up named funds for the causes close to their hearts. Find out more about our services for fund holders.

Our grants support local voluntary-led organisations and projects that have an incredible impact in their community, enabling them to continue their work and make vital improvements to their service. We also provide support for individuals and families in need. Find out how to apply for a grant.

The Foundation is managed by a board of 13 trustees - professionals drawn from all sectors of the business and voluntary communities, supported by our President, Sir Paul Nicholson, the recently retired Lord Lieutenant of County Durham and other Vice Presidents, who act as ambassadors on behalf of the organisation.

Our Vision

Bringing people together to achieve their potential, fulfil their aspirations and build thriving communities.

Our Mission

County Durham Community Foundation promotes lasting charitable giving, by bringing together donors with their chosen causes, through well targeted grants that make a genuine difference to the lives of local people

Our founding principles

Philanthropy: Our goal is to give something back to the community by building a long-term endowment to support the people of County Durham and Darlington in the future.

Empowerment: We aim to enable all members of County Durham and Darlington society, both donors and grant recipients alike, to achieve their potential and fulfil their aspirations.

Changing Lives: We want to make a lasting difference to the people of County Durham by supporting the growth and prosperity of the region, whilst at the same time addressing inequality.