Durham Johnston Educational Fund

The Durham Johnston Educational Fund aims to provide grants of between £100 and £250 to individuals who meet each of the following three criteria:

  • Currently aged 24 or under (and will be at the start of the activity for which this funding is intended)
  • Currently resident in Durham City and have been so for a period of two or more years (If you live with your parent(s)/guardian(s) or you are living away from Durham City whilst attending University but your parent(s)/guardian(s) live in Durham City, the residency in Durham City relates to the address of your parent(s)/guardian(s). If you are married or have lived independently and supported yourself for a period of 12 months or more, the residency in Durham City relates to your address)
  • Have at any time attended (for a period of two or more years) one of the following eligible schools:
  • Belmont Community School
  • Durham Community Business College
  • Durham Johnston Comprehensive School
  • Durham Sixth Form Centre
  • Durham Trinity School and Sports College
  • Framwellgate School, Durham
  • St Leonard’s RC Comprehensive School

In completing the application the applicant will be asked to provide the name of a referee (this could be a senior tutor at the school attended, social worker, college mentor or other professional who knows the situation of the applicant). County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF) may contact this referee to support CDCF’s validation and assessment of the application.

What type of funding can you apply for?

  • Whilst attending school, college or university, the following items will be considered: equipment, uniform, educational trips, research trips, books.
  • Whilst seeking/securing employment, the following items will be considered: interview clothes, uniform, smart work clothes, tools, equipment, books.
  • If studying music or other arts, the following items will be considered: materials, books, instruments, educational trips, research trips.

In all cases, the items requested must be essential with no statutory or third party obligation to provide. For example, a grant will not be awarded towards a work uniform if it is the responsibility of the employer to provide it.

What the fund will not consider:

  • Contribution towards course fees where the course fee is in excess of £1,000
  • Items which are the responsibility of an employer or third party to provide
  • Any item/activity where there is a statutory obligation to provide
  • Gap year activities unless there is a well demonstrated educational element
  • Any individual need where the need for funding is not well demonstrated
  • IT equipment except in exceptional circumstances
  • Regular travel costs including bus passes to and from educational/work settings

Steps to apply for this grant