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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 make a difference in their community, either in their lifetime, or through leaving a legacy.

The funds and donations from our supporters are then distributed by us in the form of grants, to community groups and voluntary organisations in County Durham.

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 us. Find out more about our services for fundholders.

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 we are fighting poverty and enriching lives

Who we are

What do we do? 

We help feed families, we help reduce loneliness, we support our communities in difficult times.  

How do we do it? 

By using knowledge of our local communities to make sure funds are directed to the people most in need. We help businesses and individuals to make their giving go even further

Why do we do it? 

So that we can enable healthier, happier and more enriched lives across County Durham the wider region.