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The Fund aims to prove grants up to £1,000 to support individuals, living in County Durham or Darlington with a special aptitude for sport where they have the clear potential to compete at international level, or excel in particular skill or ability e.g. in art, dance, drama, music or sport. Priority will be given to those under 21, however in exceptional circumstances funding will be considered for individuals up to age 25.

The Fund will also support individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds living in County Durham or Darlington, who excel in a particular skill or ability e.g. in art, dance, drama, music or sport, or who is achieving against the odds in a particular skill or ability. An assessment will be made of the finances at the applicant’s disposal before any funding decisions are made.

What type of funding can you apply for?

  • Competition fees
  • Transport costs
  • Training and Coaching cost
  • Essential equipment/clothing
  • Accommodation

The Programme will not typically support term fees for specialist educational establishments, specialist training or education overseas.

When to apply

The Fund is open to applications at any time and there are no deadlines. Decisions will be made typically up to 12 weeks from submission of application

Please contact a member of the Grants Team on 0191 378 6340 if you have any questions or need help with your application.