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For 28 years, County Durham Community Foundation has been working with local businesses, donors, the public sector and national partners to create tailored programmes of grant-making based on local need.

We help people and organisations to support local communities where it’s most needed and where it has the greatest impact.

Together, change is possible.

Together we can drive positive change in our local communities. 

The following figures give an insight into County Durham Community Foundation’s grant-making so far:


We match the aspirations of our donors with the needs of communities and individuals, and we’re transparent about where every £ goes.

Our reliable and efficient grant management service has established us as a trusted partner of our donors and fund holders, enabling us to support thousands of individuals and groups on their behalf.

Sir James Knott Trust
Darlington Building Society

Proven Impact

Together with our donors and national grants, we have funded 15,430 causes for individuals and groups across the North East.

Last year (2022/23) alone, with our donors and national grants, we awarded £4.4 million to 567 local groups and 360 grants to individuals and families.

Learn how the donations you give through County Durham Community Foundation make a real difference to your local community. We work tirelessly on behalf of our generous donors to help individuals and groups to achieve things they wouldn’t otherwise be able to achieve.

Whether your fund goes towards helping those who are most vulnerable, improving health and well-being in the communities and keeping them safe or providing opportunities to those who are less advantaged, County Durham Community Foundation connects donors with some of the most deserving causes to help you create change for the better in the local community.

Read more stories to find out how together, thanks to our donors, we can make a difference.

How you can make your difference