Covid-19 Funding Support

Business support, core and project specific finance has been made widely available by several funders, a detailed list of UK-wide funders can be found here.

The National Lottery Community Fund has restructured their funding programmes to be as supportive and flexible as possible.

National Lottery Awards for All – offers grants of £300-£10,000 for up to 6 months, to support activities supporting people affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

The restriction for organisations to only have one Award for All grant at a time has been relaxed and organisations can now apply for a Covid response grant as well.

Reaching Communities – apply for up to a 6 month Covid-19 related grant between £10k-£100k. Apply to deliver activities for people affected by the crisis or for funding for core costs/liquidity if your organisation is struggling due to the impact of Covid-19.

Government backed grant schemes are being offered by local authorities and many charities and community groups have been successful in securing funding. We encourage you to contact your local authority if you haven’t already.

Durham County Council – offering business grants and AAP support · Tees Valley – the Tees Valley LEP provide a full list of Council sites to contact.

Sector Support Durham Community Action, Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency, Redcar and Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency, Hartlepower and Catalyst are all open and actively supporting charities and communities groups in their area.

Vonne is continuing to support charities, voluntary and community groups, and social enterprises across the North East during this challenging time, with many COVID-19 related online events.

COVID-19 Volunteer support

Local authorities across Tees Valley and County have launched new volunteer units to support local charities and organisations during the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information see Durham County, Darlington, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Hartlepool and Stockton Council’s dedicated ‘Volunteer’ sites.

All the Sector Support organisations listed above are also supporting volunteer activities.

Annual reviews

Annual Review 2018 – 2019
Annual Review 2017 – 2018
Annual review 2016 – 2017

Vital Signs 
Vital Signs research 2018

Annual reports
Annual report and accounts 2018/2019
Annual report and accounts 2017/2018
Memorandum and Articles of Association

Grants Awarded
Grants Awarded in financial year 2017/2018
Grants Awarded in financial year 2016/2017

Miscellaneous forms, leaflets and directions to Community Foundation
Grant-making Policy
Whistleblowing Policy

Grant appeals process
Appeals process for grant applicants 

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Open Data

County Durham Community Foundation is committed to transparency and we work with 360Giving to publish information about our grants.

Using the 360Giving data standard, our awarded grants to groups can be viewed as Excel spreadsheets:

COVID-19 Emergency grants here

April 2019 and March 2020

April 2016 and March 2019 here

Between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2019 we have also awarded 1,265 grants to individuals totalling £2,168,310. These grants range from small grants supporting individuals in hardship to grants supporting individuals into apprenticeships.

We believe that with better information, grant makers can be more effective and strategic decision makers. 360Giving provides support for grant makers to publish their grants data openly, to understand their data, and to use the data to create online tools that make grant making more effective. For more information, visit

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit This means the data is freely accessible to anyone to be used and shared as they wish. The data must be attributed to County Durham Community Foundation.