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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 and are going without essential items. Funding from our Poverty Hurts appeal is available to groups working to support those affected most by poverty. Grants will support activities that address immediate needs and activities that provide longer term support

Size of grant £10,000

Fund geography County Durham (please note this fund is now closed to applications from Tees Valley)

Programme details

Funding of up to £10,000 is available to continue existing project work or run new activities that:

  • provide advice and guidance including debt/budgeting advice,
  • increase access to essential IT for job searches and other functions,
  • support people in crisis,
  • reduce isolation where there is a financial barrier to participation,
  • help people access essential items,
  • address the impacts of poverty in other ways.

Who can apply?

Community groups working within County Durham can apply.  (All applicants must meet our general criteria which are listed in the guidelines document.

From July 2023, groups who previously received funding can reapply to the Poverty Hurts Fund. The impact report for the first grant must have been completed before submitting a second application to the fund.

What type of funding can you apply for?

Applications will be considered for project costs and organisation running costs

When to apply

Applications are now closed. Please check back in April 2024 for further details about Poverty Hurts funding.

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.