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The fund provides financial support to inspirational young people (aged under 21) from disadvantaged backgrounds living in County Durham or Darlington who excel at a national level in sport where they have the clear potential to make the grade at an international level.

Who can apply?

Applications are invited from young people living in County Durham or Darlington. Parent or guardian if the applicant is under 18.

You must also have the support of an independent referee who knows you and can comment on the support you are applying for. This may be a coach, trainer, mentor etc. Your referee must not be a friend or family member.

What type of funding can you apply for?

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

The guidelines should be read very carefully before making an application.

Please be aware that once the County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF) has provided a grant, this then becomes the property of the applicant and therefore CDCF holds no responsibility for any dispute, maintenance or after care services that may at any time occur.

Grant Award Timings: typically, up to 8 weeks from submission of application.