Darlington Education Trust Community First Fund


The aim of the Darlington Education Trust Community First Fund is to provide grants to organisations who have direct links with one or more of the secondary schools/colleges within Darlington, and whose aims are to improve the education of the young people attending those schools/colleges.

Whilst the eligible schools/colleges may apply, priority will be given to charitable organisations:

  • providing extra curriculum activities
  • within close vicinity of the schools/colleges/academies who can prove a large percentage of the attendees also attend the local secondary school or college 
  • working in partnership with the school/college/academy to provide educational activities within the curriculum timetable (for example Duke of Edinburgh, anti-drugs and alcohol awareness raising)
  • further afield that provide outward-bound activity weeks for example High Force, Dukes House Wood

Grant Size

At present no upper limit has been set, however, based on the value of funding available it is expected that the majority of grants awarded will not exceed £5,000.


In order to apply for funding your organisation must benefit pupils from one or more of the following eligible schools/colleges:

  • Carmel College
  • Darlington College
  • Wyvern Academy (formerly Darlington School of Maths and Science)
  • Education Village (Haughton Academy)
  • Hummersknott Academy
  • Hurworth School
  • Longfield Academy of Sport
  • Polam Hall School
  • Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College
  • St Aidan’s Church of England Academy

Deadlines and Decisions
Deadline for receipt of applications: Extended – new deadline 12 noon Tuesday 13th March 2018
Decision making panel: late March 2018

Steps to apply for this grant