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As Covid-19 continues to impact our communities, our Community Grants Programme will now focus on sustaining health and wellbeing, while facing the challenges ahead. 

Our Community Grants programme is made up of a number of funds managed on behalf of donors by the Foundation. It provides grants up to £5,000 and can support a broad range of projects. 

Who can apply? 

There are no limits to the size of organisation that can apply, however priority will go to those organisations that can evidence that they can deliver significant impact locally.  Geographically, the fund covers County Durham and Darlington. 

When to apply? 

There are no deadlines – applications can be made at any time. 

What type of funding can you apply for? 

Funding is available to continue existing work, start or extend projects tackling emerging needs, or support the running of organisations.  Organisations must demonstrate how their work will benefit one of the fund’s key themes: 

  • Improve health and wellbeing 
  • Reduce poverty and inequality 
  • Support those impacted by family breakdown or domestic abuse 
  • Remove barriers to digital access 
  • Provide advice and support to people struggling to manage money   
  • Improve opportunities for education, training and employment 
  • Work within their community to address local needs in other ways to those listed in their application.  

Further details are in the Grant Guidelines. Groups should read these carefully before applying. 

Groups should also read our general grant making criteria.  Click here to check that your organisation and activity or project for which you are seeking funding meets our criteria. 

Please contact a member of the Grants Team on  [email protected] if you have any questions or need help with your application.