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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 2019 – 2020 we awarded

£3,444,136

….awarded in grants

631

….groups supported

529

….individuals helped

So far this year:

£1,972,691

  • Life-saving mental health support for North East men

    Men talking in a peer group

    Life-saving mental health support for men in County Durham and Darlington. A life-saving CIC that supports men with thei…

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  • Hartlepool project rallies community

    Hartlepool project rallies community

    How it all began Hartlepool project rallies community. The Big League sprang into action when the pandemic struck.   I…

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  • Re-f-use

    Good Health and Wellbeing, No Poverty, Zero Hunger

    How it all began  REfUSE started out in Chester-le-Street two years ago, with a mission to end shocking levels of fo…

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  • Spectrum Spartans

    Good Health and Wellbeing

    How it all began The Spectrum Spartans are the only rink hockey club in County Durham, with the next nearest offering in…

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  • Surprise request helps young carer

    Good Health and Wellbeing, Reduced Inequalities

    Young carer writes in her summer house. Posed by model.

    A young carer has found support with her mental health through a surprising request. How it all began Isabelle* is 11-ye…

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  • Oasis Community Housing

    Good Health and Wellbeing, Reduced Inequalities

    A GATESHEAD project funded by a £10,000 Tampon Tax grant is helping North East women move beyond domestic abuse. The Em…

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  • Thrive Teesside

    Good Health and Wellbeing, No Poverty, Reduced Inequalities, Strong Communities

    THE strength of women in Stockton is celebrated in a new book. Thrive Teesside were awarded almost £10,000 of Tampon Ta…

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  • Beamish Dynamos

    Good Health and Wellbeing, Reduced Inequalities

    How it all began In the dark, drizzle and gloom, a young man carefully dribbles a football between plastic cones before …

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  • Hub of Wishes

    Good Health and Wellbeing, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities

    How it all began Formerly Newton Aycliffe Mind, the charity went solo in October 2015 under their new name – The H…

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  • Holly Elizabeth Robinson

    Good Health and Wellbeing

    How it all began Holly, who has been trampolining since the age of six is now jumping for joy after winning her first go…

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  • Cafe JJ

    Decent Work and Economic Growth, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities

    How it all began Val Hutchinson and her husband, Joe, founded the lively café for their son, John, and his best friend,…

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  • Little Chefs Big Chefs CIC

    Good Health and Wellbeing, No Poverty, Zero Hunger

    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

    No Poverty, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Zero Hunger

    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

    Decent Work and Economic Growth, Quality Education, Sustainable Cities and Communities

    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

    Decent Work and Economic Growth, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and 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

    Decent Work and Economic Growth, Reduced Inequalities

    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

    Good 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

    Reduced Inequalities

    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: suicide prevention

    Good Health and Wellbeing

    Durham suicide charity link arms, wearing awareness t-shirts

    If U Care Share – suicide prevention How it all began Daniel O’Hare was 19 years old when he died by suicide.  …

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  • Digital Voice for Communities

    Good Health and Wellbeing, Reduced Inequalities

    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

    Good Health and Wellbeing, Sustainable Cities and Communities

    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

    Good Health and Wellbeing, Sustainable Cities and Communities

    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

    Sustainable Cities and Communities

    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

    Good Health and Wellbeing, Sustainable Cities and 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

    Good Health and Wellbeing, Sustainable Cities and Communities

    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

    Good Health and Wellbeing, Reduced Inequalities

    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

    Good Health and Wellbeing, Sustainable Cities and 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

    Good Health and Wellbeing, Reduced Inequalities

    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

    Good Health and Wellbeing, No Poverty, Zero Hunger

    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

    Good Health and Wellbeing, Quality Education, Sustainable Cities and Communities

    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

    Good 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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