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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.

The Darlington Building Society 5% Pledge Fund provides grants up to £6,000 (maximum) to support charities and voluntary-led organisations to continue their work, develop services and fund projects that impact positively in their local communities. The funding can be used for a range of projects but activities must fall within one of the following themes:

  • No Poverty [This will be a key focus area for applications]
  • Health & Wellbeing [This will be a key focus area for applications]
  • Reduced Inequality [This will be a key focus area for applications]
  • Stronger Communities
  • Climate

Who can apply?

Applications are welcomed from across Darlington, Teesside and County Durham within postal code areas DL, DH and TS as detailed in the timetable below:

  • Round 2 (June) – Applications will be considered from groups working within DH
  • Round 3 (September) – Applications will be considered from groups working within DL
  • Round 4 (December) – Applications will be considered from groups working within TS

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 is taking place on Thursday 27th June and all applications received prior to 30th May will go to this panel.

*Round 2 (June) – Applications will be considered from groups working within DH