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Grants are available for charitable organisations who are receiving, or wishing to receive, referrals through the NHS Waiting Well Programmes in County Durham and Darlington.  The funding aims to address issues facing patients who are waiting for surgery.

Size of grant:  up to £5,000 over 12 months.

Fund geography: County Durham and Darlington

Programme details:

Each Waiting Well Programme provides packages of support through participating organisations to individuals awaiting planned surgery, such as hip or knee replacement, who are identified as either:

·        Living in the top 20% of most deprived areas in the region and who are impacted by other issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, a high BMI or are struggling to reduce smoking.


·        Having a learning disability.

This pilot project focuses on improving an individual’s preparation for surgery.  Not all patients waiting for planned surgery are eligible for support; only those who have been referred by the NHS Waiting Well Programme into a project will be able to receive support.

Who can apply?

Charities and not-for profit organisations in County Durham or Darlington who are providing (or who wish to provide) support for patients on the Waiting Well Programme.

What type of funding can you apply for?

Funding to cover new or sustain existing activities for a minimum of 12 months.

Project examples:

    • Providing advice and help with budgeting, managing money and claiming benefits.

    • Providing support to access food, equipment and energy poverty services

    • Providing advice and help to access small emergency grants for household equipment, travel costs etc.

    • Providing suitable activities such as exercise classes

    • Providing mental health support

What the Fund will not support in addition to our normal exclusions:

    • individuals

    • organisations already funded to deliver any aspect of Waiting Well Programmes

When to apply

Fund opens – 10th  November 2023

Applications must be submitted by 26th January 2024.

Further details are in the Grant Guidelines. Groups should read these carefully before applying.

Please contact a member of the Grants Team on if you have any questions or need help with your application.