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This programme aims to support local communities who use sport and physical activity to raise awareness, tackle mental health stigma, and support men with mental or physical health problems to become more active.

Priority will be given to small, locally based organisations in areas of disadvantage, run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with, and that have a clear understanding of the needs they are supporting.

Examples of the types of projects GVC are aiming to fund:

  • Men’s health projects1
  • Community sport activities
  • Men’s Sheds


Funding is available to charitable organisations based in or who mainly operate in County Durham or Tees Valley. Applications should be for a project that lasts a year however repeat funding is a possibility. Projects can deliver opportunities in a range of contexts and settings that can also include online, in clubs and groups, informally, or as part of structured programmes.

Groups can apply for up to 50% of the grant as core costs and the remainder as project delivery costs.

Size of Grant Available

  • Grants up to £5,000 are available

Applying for a grant

Applications can be submitted at any time.

There are no closing dates for applications. You will receive a decision within 8 weeks from the receipt of a complete and eligible application.

To apply for a grant, you must use our online application form below.