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

Also read our General Grant Criteria to ensure that your application meets CDCF’s grant criteria.

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.

FOR DETAILED INFORMATION ON EACH FUND/PROGRAMME PLEASE CLICK ON THE INDIVIDUAL FUND NAME IN THE FIRST COLUMN OF THE TABLE BELOW.

Grants available

FUND NAME THEME GRANT SIZE ELIGIBLE AREAS HOW TO APPLY

High Sheriff Youth Awards Scheme 2019

County Durham High Sheriff Awards Scheme makes annual awards in recognition of groups in the community who encourage useful and beneficial pursuits for young people.

A number of awards will be made between 250 - 2,000

County Durham, Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton.

Apply Online

Grant Guidelines

Winners of the award in 2018 are not eligible to apply in order that we can celebrate and recognise new groups coming forward.

Northern Heartlands Community Initiative Fund

The fund will support projects aiming to explore the cultural heritage of the area, the landscape, its effect on health and wellbeing and celebration of local distinctiveness.

Up to 5,000 (up to 10,000 may be available in exceptional circumstances)

Teesdale and Weardale, and the towns of Crook, Willington, Tow Law, Bishop Auckland, Shildon and Barnard Castle

Apply Here

Grant Guidelines

Round 3: Applications can be submitted through to 30th November 2018

Map of area

North 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

Within 3 Miles of the Wind Farm - Namely Snods Edge, Chopwell, Shotley Bridge and Stockfield. Projects located in Tyne and Wear.

Apply Here 

Read the Grant Guidelines

Read Help with the Online Form

Quixwood Moor Wind Farm Fund

To provide funding for capital items, improvements to community buildings, biodiversity and habitat conservation projects, energy conservation and revenue for community based or led projects.

Up to 5,000

Area of the Quixwood Wind Farm

Apply Online

Grant Guidelines

Frequently asked questions

South East Durham and West 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

Bishop Middleham, Cassop,Cornforth,Coxhoe,Fishburn,Kelloe,Old Cassop,Old Quarrington,Quarrington Hill,Running Waters,Sedgefield,Shadforth,Station Town,Thornley,Thorpe Larches,Trimdon,Trimdon,Trimdon Colliery (Check Guidelines for a list of all areas)

Read the Grant Guidelines

Read Help with the Online Form

Wear Valley Renewables Fund

The Fund awards grants to support community and voluntary groups and individuals, particularly those within the Three Towns Partnership geographical area, involved in sport and cultural activities.

Up to 5,000

Apply Online

Grant Guidelines

Winter Warmth Campaign

The aim of the Winter Warmth Fund is to reduce the impact of cold weather on those who are vulnerable and help people have a better winter.

Up to 2,000

County Durham & Darlington

Apply Online

Grant Guidelines

Applications will be considered on a regular basis, with the following timetable (further dates may be announced):

Submit by 5pm 28th September, decision by 12th October

Submit by 5pm 26th October, decision by 9th November

Submit by 5pm 23rd November, decision by 7th December

The Land of Oak & Iron Community Grants Programme

The Land of Oak & Iron Community Grants Programme will enable a range of organisations to apply for funding to support community based projects and initiatives.

Up to 2,000

The area stretches from the Derwent Reservoir to the River Tyne.

Apply Online - please note this fund is now closed

Grant Guidelines

Land of Oak & Iron Map

Land of Oak & Iron Community Grants FAQs