Grants for Groups

Welcome to our grants programmes for voluntary and community groups, registered charities and organisations with charitable aims.

Since April 2016 we have only accepted applications through our online system.

When applying to either the Micro Grants Programme or Small Grants Programme there is no set application deadlines. Once we have received your completed online application and required information we will try to match your application to donor funds we manage. 

In any one financial year (1st April to 31st March) applicants can apply to either the Micro Grants Programme or Small Grants Programme (but not both) and one or more of the other grant programmes managed by CDCF for which they are eligible. In addition applicants are not able to hold a micro and small grant at the same time.

CDCF also offer specific Programmes that have their own criteria, application form and application deadlines. Check the Programmes listed below for one that matches your organisation and project and then read the grant guidelines to ensure your project fits the criteria. (for more detailed information please click on the Programme name in the first column )

Organisations applying for funding are advised that the following documents need to be
uploaded with their application before submitting the application to CDCF:

  • Governing document (or set of Rules)
  • Latest bank statement
  • List of Trustees or management committee (showing roles)
  • Latest financial accounts (if less than 12 months a projected income should be provided)
  • Copies of quotes

Only single items or works under the value of £250 are not required to follow a procurement process. If any of the items you are purchasing or works being carried out exceed £250, we will ask to see additional information confirming the cost, even if we are not funding the full value of the item.  

For any single items or works between £250 and £1,000 one quote should be obtained, for single items or works between £1,001 and £50,000 three quotes should be obtained and for single items or works over £50,000, a full procurement process should be launched.

If you are still unsure about which programme to apply to please contact the Grants Team on 0191 378 6340 to discuss your project.

Please note that our on-line application forms are supported by the latest Browsers - Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 9, 10, and 11, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Should you have any difficulties downloading any of our forms please click here for further information. If problems persist please contact our office on 0191 378 6340.


Grants available


Small Grants Programme

Established charities, 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.

Up to 5,000

County Durham. Darlington.

Apply Here

Grant Guidelines

Help with the Online Form

Banks Community Fund

Community & voluntary organisations & environmental projects which are located within close proximity of a current or proposed Banks Group development and that provide benefit to the local community.

Up to 5,000

County Durham. UK Wide.

Apply Here 

Grant Guidelines

Help with the Online Form

Banks Renewables Wind Farm Funds

The Banks Community Fund distributes a variety of grants on behalf of the Banks Group.

Up to 3,000

please see each specific fund guidelines for geographical area of interest

Apply Here

Building a Stronger Britain together

The programme supports civil society and community organisations who work to create more resilient communities

Up to 50,000

North East

Apply Now

Grant guidelines

Community Sports Club Small Grant Scheme

The aim of the Community Sports Club Small Grant Scheme is to support growth and strengthen the sustainability of Community Sports Clubs currently registered with Club Durham.

500 - 2,000

County Durham

Apply Here

Grant Guidelines

Application Checklist

Help with the Online form

Final Report for grant recipients 

Community Arts & Culture Small Grants Scheme

To support organisations seeking to develop and deliver high quality cultural experiences, which increase participation in the arts.

Up to 2,000

County Durham

Apply Online - applications to be submitted by Sunday, 3rd March to go to panel on Wednesday, 20th March 2019.

Grant Guidelines

Organisational Development (DAYCO) Fund

This Fund supports voluntary youth & community organisations in County Durham looking to promote their development and long term-sustainability. The funding is not available in Darlington.

250 - 5,000

County Durham

Apply Here 

Grant Guidelines

Help with the Online Form

Durham County Cricket Club Youth Trust Fund

The aim is to support the growth of children and young people engaging with cricket in the North East so strengthening and sustaining clubs and the sport.

Up to 2,500

Based between the River Tyne and the River Tees

Apply Here

Grant Guidelines

Durham City AAP small grants scheme

The overall aim of the grants scheme is to support local groups working within the Durham AAP area and in doing so improve the lives of local people.

up to 2,000

Apply Here

Grant Guidelines

click here to view a map to see if your area is eligible for funding

East Durham Wind Farm Programme

Capital items, improvements to community buildings, biodiversity and habitat conservation projects, energy conservation and community based or led projects.

500 to 5,000

Cassop, Chilton Moor, Colliery Row .Dalton-le-Dale, Easington Lane, East Rainton, Grasswell, Haswell, Haswell Plough, Hetton-le-Hole, High Pittington, Houghton-le-Spring, Littletown, Low Pittington, Ludworth, (please check guidelines for a full list)

Apply Here

Read the Grant Guidelines

Read Help with the Online Form