Internet Explorer users Your browser is out of date, insecure and no longer supported by Microsoft. While browsing our site with an out-dated browser, our site may not look as good as it should. To learn more about what other browsers are available, take a look at Browse Happy.


This year we rallied our supporters, regional partners, fundholders, media, and the public around our £1m Poverty Hurts Appeal. After two years of urgent pandemic response, our appeal aimed to relieve poverty’s impact on our communities. We invited everyone to unite against fight poverty and enrich lives in County Durham. Our call was answered!

With foresight, pragmatism, and generosity our supporters and fundholders responded. Recognising the ongoing of-living crisis affecting communities yet to recover from the pandemic fully, they wholeheartedly supported the Poverty Hurts Appeal, helping us raise some £970,000 at the time of writing. This is now being returned to the people, places and projects where it’s needed most: addressing poverty and its consequences.


This year we have made 1,276 grants totalling £4.43 million, backing numerous poverty-fighting projects such as foodbanks and the school-meal programmes.

Additionally we support initiatives that enrich lives and create brighter futures, spanning health, well-being, active lifestyles sustaining community centres, developing skills or combatting loneliness.

As a Foundation we aim to bring money in through the generosity of supporters and get it out directly into the community, where it can create the most significant impact for the most people.

Together we have a chance to make County Durham a place where opportunity grows and people thrive.

For today, and tomorrow

Anchoring our grant-giving around five of the Sustainable Development Goals developed by the United Nations, means we’re able to support our communities to make a difference today and for tomorrow. We embed change within our region, and ensure the longevity of the organisations on the ground by proactively seeking out and supporting projects that:

  • address poverty;
  • improve health and wellbeing;
  • reduce engrained inequalities;
  • create sustainable cities and communities;
  • improve sustainability and respond to the climate crisis.

This year, we’ve supported voluntary organisations and community groups to plan for their future, and in turn, the future of their communities with our Organisational Sustainability Fund. This fund recognises the enormous pressures charities and voluntary organisations are facing in a cost-of-living crisis that came after two years of the covid-19 pandemic and specifically offered funding to help organisations cope.

During the 2022/23 financial year, this Fund allowed 29 charities in County Durham and Darlington to keep their lights on and doors open, providing support to not only the organisations themselves, but also the people they serve.

Grants Given by SDG 2022/23

Where next?

Find out about the community groups and projects that are fighting poverty and enriching lives by visiting our Real Stories page.

Download our full Annual Report and Financial Activity for 2022/2023.