Surviving Winter Campaign

Surviving Winter Campaign

Each year the Surviving Winter Campaign raises money to help older and vulnerable people stay warm and well in the UK’s coldest months. Since November 2011, Community Foundations across the country have successfully raised £5.5 million and helped over 80,000 people survive winter.

It is estimated that every winter over 2 million households live in fuel poverty in England alone and as fuel prices continue to rise, more vulnerable people suffer. In the winter of 2015-16 the Office for National Statistics estimate that there were 24,300 excess deaths as a result of the cold winter.

The Campaign began as a vehicle for generous pensioners to ‘recycle’ their Winter Fuel payments and has now developed into a fund for anyone who wants to help support vulnerable people survive the winter.

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.

We will fast track applications in order to support those in need at this time and over the coming cold Winter months.

You may apply for a Surviving Winter Campaign grant even if you have another active grant application with County Durham Community Foundation.

Steps to apply for this grant

This Fund is now closed