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) groups can apply to either the Micro Grants Programme or Small Grants Programme but not both.

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 )

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.


Grants available


Volunteer Support Fund

The fund aims to recognise the role of volunteers in the community by providing grants to organisations which directly encourage volunteering

Up to 5,000

County Durham & Darlington

Apply Here

Grant Guidelines

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.

The fund is currently closed

Apply Online 

Grant Guidelines

Read Help with the Online form

Land of Oak & Iron Map

Land of Oak & Iron Community Grants FAQs

Youth Social Action Fund

The aim of this grant is to raise the level and quality of youth social action involving activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering.

Upto 5,000

County Durham, Darlington and Teesside.

Apply Online

Grant Guidelines

2D Ltd Legacy Community First Fund

To support local groups and projects with an Annual Income of less than 40,000.

500 up to 1,000

Teesdale and Wear Valley (excluding the area of Shildon.)

Apply Here

Grant Guidelines

County Durham & Darlington Community Safety Fund

The fund will support projects and initiatives across County Durham & Darlington that help keep communities safe and contribute towards inspiring public confidence.

Grant notifications will be: w/c 13th June 2016

This fund is now closed.

County Durham & Darlington NHS Health Improvement Fund

The Fund will support general health and wellbeing projects, activities and capital items that enhance the work of the NHS in County Durham and Darlington.

Up to 10,000

County Durham & Darlington.

This Fund is now closed

Nationwide Building Society Community Funding

Projects need to either support existing living conditions, get people directly into an appropriate home, or indirectly contribute to these goals by challenging existing housing models.

Up to 50,000

Groups who work in North and East Yorkshire, Cumbria, County Durham, Tees Valley, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear are all eligible to apply

This Fund is now closed.