25th anniversary of county durham community foundation

Wow. It’s our 25th Anniversary today.

25 years, 45 million in grassroots grants, and thousands of groups funded.

All because two people – Sir Paul Nicholson and David Grant – wanted to make the North East a better place to live.

Thank you to all of our donors, partners and supporters.

And to the groups that have turned that £45million into a fairer, safer, happier life for thousands of people.

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25th Anniversary

County Durham Community Foundation has now awarded more than £1million in grassroots grants to the groups easing suffering in communities. 

The fund remains open and to date has helped more than 200 groups.

Groups have been able to apply for grants of £500 to £5,000 to give emergency support to people made vulnerable by the virus – and people who were already vulnerable.  

Michelle Cooper said: “The reasons we were founded have not changed, and the pandemic has made them more visible. We know the North East has the most wonderful people. But too many are waking up to an empty fridge, living with poor mental health and feeling isolated. 

“It is grassroots groups that change this. They know their communities and they know what’s needed. Our job is to give them the money to make it happen.” 

Groups have come up with countless ways to help: offering food parcels, suicide prevention support, help with mental health, prescription collections, PPE, incontinence products for end-of-life cancer patients and safe transport to and from hospital for treatment.