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The rising cost of food, energy and other essential items is putting pressure on household budgets. People are having to make difficult decisions about what items they can afford, including going without essential items. Funding from our Poverty Hurts appeal is available to groups meeting immediate needs and combatting poverty over the coming months.

Size of grant £3,000

Fund geography County Durham

Programme details

Funding is available to continue existing work or run new activities that increase access to essential items for day-to-day life. This could include (but is not limited to):

  • food related projects, including ‘holiday hunger’ projects,
  • activities that reduce isolation,
  • advice on energy consumption and payments,
  • benefit eligibility checks or debt advice.

Who can apply?

Community groups working within County Durham can apply. (All groups must meet our general requirements which are listed on the fund guidelines.)

What type of funding can you apply for?

Applications will be considered for project costs and organisation running costs, including items for distribution.

When to apply

Applications can be submitted at any time and there are no deadlines for applications.

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.