Every year County Durham Community Foundation has worked with philanthropists to channel donations to small, local charities and individuals.

Whether grants are awarded to help those who are most vulnerable, improve health & wellbeing or keep communities safe, County Durham Community Foundation works to ensure every donation makes a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged people across County Durham and Darlington.

We work hard to understand local need and to award grants that support positive change in communities – but none of this would be possible without you. 

Every pound has a purpose. Here are some of the key local issues our donors choose to support.

In 2018 – 2019 we awarded

£3,165,346

….awarded in grants

610

….groups supported

508

….individuals helped

So far this year:

£1,077,741

  • Little Chefs Big Chefs CIC

    Health and Wellbeing

    How it all began Little Chefs Big Chefs CIC was formed in May 2016 to encourage children and families to eat healthily b…

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  • PACT House Stanley

    Housing and Homelessness

    How it all began Established in 2016, PACT house in Stanley was set up to be a one stop shop for local people, to access…

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  • Bowes Museum

    Arts, Culture and Heritage

    How it all began A project called ‘The Junk Fashion’ was setup for young people aged 10-20 to up-cycle waste materia…

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  • Bullion Community Resource Centre

    Strong Communities

    How it all began Bullion Hall wanted a hub and a safe place for the Syrian refugee households in their neighbourhood, no…

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  • Wheels to Work

    Work and Local Economy

    How it all began The Wheels to Work project hires out scooters to individuals living in parts of County Durham who other…

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  • Tia Anderson

    Health and Wellbeing

    How it all began Tia never used to run as a child, as she had bad legs and had operations on them when she was eight. Wh…

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  • Tia

    Fairness

    How it all began Tia lives in Darlington with her family and has attended The Rydal Academy since 2012. Tia has Cerebral…

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  • If U Care Share

    Health and Wellbeing

    How it all began Daniel O’Hare was 19 years of age when, without any warning, he took his own life. He had no previous…

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  • Digital Voice for Communities

    Fairness

    How it all began Digital Voice for Communities are a CIC  who operate across the North East offering a range of digital…

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  • Equal Arts

    Health and Wellbeing

    How it all began This project addressed a need for more community activity in Dipton, a rural village that many remember…

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  • Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation

    Health and Wellbeing

    How it all began Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation use the power of sport and the name of Hartlepool United …

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  • Durham Wildlife Trust

    Arts, Culture and Heritage

    How it all began Durham Wildlife Trust manages 36 nature reserves from the Tees to the Tyne, encompassing ancient woodla…

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  • Brandon Table Tennis Club

    Strong Communities

    How it all began Brandon Table Tennis Club which was established in 2013, has grown and developed to the point that it n…

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  • Durham City Juniors

    Health and Wellbeing

    How it all began As part of the rebuilding program Durham City Football Club announced that they have now adopted an exi…

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  • Jake Ternent

    Fairness

    How it all began Jake was born with Lebers Congenital Amaurosis, which means he has virtually no sight in his right eye…

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  • Friends of South Park

    Strong Communities

    How it all began South Park, in Darlington, is a beautiful Victorian Park on the A167 road heading south from the town c…

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  • Brandon

    Health and Wellbeing

    How it all began Brandon is 15  years old, both his parents are disabled and his sister Lyndsey has profound cerebral p…

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  • An Anonymous Grant Recipient

    Housing and Homelessness

    Sadly, not all of our grant recipients are in a position to speak publicly about how our fantastic donors have helped th…

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  • An Anonymous Donor

    Learning and Education

    Many of our supporters choose to donate through us anonymously, entrusting us to direct their giving on their behalf. Ev…

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  • Darlington Friends Ease Miscarriage Heartache

    Health and Wellbeing

    A trio of Darlington friends have launched a project to try to ease the trauma of miscarriage. Abra Wood, Avryl Taylor a…

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