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County Durham Community Foundation (Charity Number 1047625) is an independent grant-making foundation. We work with individuals, families and local businesses who want to put something back into their community, either in their lifetime, or through leaving a legacy.

Similar to having a charitable trust but without the high administrative costs and lengthy legal processes, supporters can choose from a number of ways to channel their charitable giving by working with the County Durham Community Foundation. Find out more about our services for fund holders.

Our grants support local groups and projects that have an incredible impact in their community, enabling them to continue their work and make vital improvements to their service. We also provide support for individuals and families in need. 

We are governed by a board of ten trustees – professionals drawn from all sectors of the business and voluntary communities. They are supported by our President, Sir Paul Nicholson, a former Lord Lieutenant of County Durham and Patrons, who act as ambassadors on behalf of the organisation.

Use our interactive map to see how lives have been changed across the North East

Our founding principles


Our goal is to give something back to the community by building a long-term endowment to support the people of County Durham and Darlington in the future.


We aim to enable all members of County Durham and Darlington society, both supporters and grant recipients alike, to achieve their potential and fulfil their aspirations.

Changing Lives:

We want to make a lasting difference to the people of County Durham & Darlington by supporting the growth and prosperity of the region, whilst at the same time addressing inequality.