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Every year Darlington Building Society is committed to sharing 5% of its profits to a range of different good causes through their 5% Pledge Fund. 

Applications are welcomed from across Darlington, Teesside, County Durham, Sunderland and parts of North Yorkshire.

Grants up to £6,000 are available for projects around the following themes:

  • No Poverty
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Reduced Inequality
  • Stronger Communities
  • Climate

Who can apply?

There are no limits to the size of organisation that can apply, however priority will go to those organisations that can evidence that they can deliver significant impact locally.  Geographically, the fund covers County Durham, Tees Valley, Darlington, Teesside, County Durham, Sunderland and parts of North Yorkshire. Postcode areas – DH, DL, SR, TS, HG, YO

Typically, we award grants to:

  • voluntary-led organisations with charitable aims,
  • registered charities and charitable incorporated organisations (CIO)
  • social enterprises,
  • community interest companies (CIC),
  • companies limited by guarantee that have charitable aims

What type of funding can you apply for?

Examples of the types of projects and activities we will support are listed below but we will consider funding any activities that have clear community benefits and that meet our general criteria:

  • capital items, equipment (except vehicles or minibuses)
  • coaching or training activity
  • project costs
  • sessional costs
  • a contribution to core costs (including salaries) but only where the income of the organisation is less than £100,000 per year
  • health & wellbeing activities
  • transport costs
  • repair costs
  • IT equipment (limited to maximum £1,500)

Deadlines for applications:

The next panel date is Tuesday, 19th December and deadline for applications to go to this round is midnight on Sunday 26th November.