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Annual Review 2020-21

Our most recent Annual Review is a thank you to all of our wonderful donors, and the groups we fund because of their generosity. Curious to learn more? Get involved and get in touch here

Update from the Poverty Hurts Appeal

Read our April newsletter
Read our March newsletter
Read our February newsletter

Looking back over our pandemic response

Find out how we helped unite our donors and supporters with the communities that needed them.

More than £ 1,888,936 of Covid-19 funding has been awarded to 411 projects with almost 311,000 beneficiaries.

There are 34 wards in County Durham and Tees Valley classified as ‘left behind’; 24 of those wards received over £250,000 in Covid-19 relief funding.

Almost one third of organisations that received funding from County Durham Community Foundation were managed by one staff member or entirely by volunteers.

Read our Covid-19 Reports using the links below

Full colour PDF Covid-19 Report
Plain text version
120 day Covid-19 Report

Annual reviews

Annual Review 2019 – 2020
Annual Review 2018 – 2019
Annual Review 2017 – 2018
Annual review 2016 – 2017

Vital Signs 

Vital Signs research 2018

Annual reports

Grants Awarded
Grants Awarded in financial year 2017/2018
Grants Awarded in financial year 2016/2017

Miscellaneous forms, leaflets and directions to Community Foundation
Grant-making Policy
Whistleblowing Policy

Grant appeals process
Appeals process for grant applicants 

Our logo

CDCF General Logo

Training and events for groups

Our team runs regular funding phone-ins to help people with grant applications. Book your spot here:
Funding phone-ins with County Durham Community Foundation

Meanwhile, Durham Community Action offer advice and support to voluntary and community groups on a range of topics including grants and fundraising.

DCA regularly run a ‘Completing a Funding Application’ course –  dates and more information can be found on their website here

They can also review and give feedback on funding applications – for more information please email [email protected]

Open Data

County Durham Community Foundation is committed to transparency and we work with 360Giving to publish information about our grants.

Using the 360Giving data standard, our awarded grants to groups can be viewed as Excel spreadsheets: COVID-19 Emergency grants here

Between 1st April 2020 and 31st March 2021 we awarded 1,253 grants to groups and individuals totalling £4,945,774. These can be viewed below.

April 2019 and March 2020

We believe that with better information, grant makers can be more effective and strategic decision makers. 360Giving provides support for grant makers to publish their grants data openly, to understand their data, and to use the data to create online tools that make grant making more effective. For more information, visit

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit This means the data is freely accessible to anyone to be used and shared as they wish. The data must be attributed to County Durham Community Foundation.