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


Sported Grants

Sports clubs bringing about social change within their communities through sporting activities. Grants only available to "Sported" Members.

£500 up to £2,000

County Durham. Darlington.

Become a Member of Sported.

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

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

Surviving Winter Campaign

Community and voluntary groups located in County Durham and Darlington that have been in existence for at least two years, and have experience of running programmes for elderly and vulnerable people.

up to £1,000

County Durham & Darlington

This Fund is now closed

Sherburn House Fund Community Grants Programme

The main focus of Sherburn House Charity’s function is to relieve need and hardship and distress in the North East of England.

Upto £5,000

North East

Unfortunately this fund is now closed due to oversubscription

Enriching Later Life Programme

The Fund aims to support people in later life to remain actively engaged, by providing opportunities to keep healthy, and improving their quality of life as they age.

Up to £20,000

within County Durham or Darlington

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 - Please note this fund is now closed.

Grant Guidelines

High Sheriff Youth Awards Scheme 2018

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.

Nominate here - This Fund is now closed

Nomination Guidelines here

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.

Durham County Council Healthy Communities

The focus of the Programme is to develop innovative community-led schemes in County Durham that will transform the actions of local communities to improve their health and wellbeing.

Up to £10,000 - £15,000

“Due to unforeseen circumstances there has been a delay in the Healthy Communities Fund panel. Please note that CDCF is unable to provide you with an update however you will receive a decision regarding your application in due course.”

Grant Guidelines