Funding Opportunities

Included in this section are summaries of available funding opportunities which community groups may wish to apply for. For more detailed information, community groups are advised to visit the individual website of the funder. Please take note of the timescales / deadlines for applying for funding and the funding criteria which you will need to meet in order to be eligible to apply.

The information contained in this section of the website was correct at the time of publication.

Funding available for Community Safety Projects and Initiatives


Voluntary sector organisations and community groups across County Durham and Darlington have the opportunity to apply to the £150,000 Community Safety Fund.

For more information and to apply:

The closing date for applications is Sunday 29 April 2018.

People’s Health Trust’s Active Communities funding programme

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations in County Durham, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years.

They are looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, they mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages.                                                                                                                                

They're also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this they mean a group of people who have things in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood or cover a wider area.  

The funds are targeted at the neighbourhoods which are most affected by health inequalities and the eligible areas in County Durham can be viewed on a map here

There is a simple online two stage application process with a step by step guide from start to finish.

The deadline for applications is 1.00pm on 14 March 2018.

For more information and to apply please click here

If you would like any support applying to the fund, please contact Durham Community Action on 01388 742040 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each of the 51 society lotteries and makes grants using money raised by the society lotteries through The Health Lottery.



The Hospital Saturday Fund


The Hospital Saturday Fund is a registered charity whose aims are to provide support through its charitable funds to help people in need.


Registered health charities in the UK and the Republic of Ireland may apply for one-off medical grants.


The fund provides grants for medical capital projects, medical care or research, medical training and running costs, for registered health charities in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.


Small and Large Grants can be applied for with varying deadlines. The programme values are as follows:


• Standard Grants of £2,000


• Larger Grants of up to a maximum of £10,000


Large Grants are awarded for specific projects, research or equipment rather than running costs.


The deadlines for applications is as follows:


Standard Grants - 23 April, 16 July, 8 October 2018 and 4 January 2019


Large Grants - 26 March, 18 June, 10 September and 1 December 2018


Funding available includes for individuals with a medical condition or disability who would benefit from assistance with the purchase of specialised equipment or from particular forms of treatment.


The fund will consider the giving of partial or full grants to individuals for the following:


  • Specialised Mobility Equipment (excluding for sporting purposes): Wheelchairs, Mobility Scooters, Car adaptations

  • Medical Appliances and Aids: Hearing Aids, Nebulisers, Specialist Vision Aids

  • Specialised Computer Equipment

  • Therapeutic Equipment: Orthopaedic beds, Mattresses or pillows, Riser/recliners chairs, Lift hoist/aids

  • Therapeutic Treatment: Physiotherapy, Hydrotherapy, Acupuncture, Speech therapy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic treatment, Reflexology, Massage therapy, Aromatherapy, Psychotherapy

  • Home Adaptations: Walk in showers, Accessibility adaptations to bathrooms, Access ramps, Non-slip flooring, Stair lifts

  • Respite Breaks at a Therapeutic Centre


Please note that the Hospital Saturday Fund do not accept applications directly from members of the public.


The Hospital Saturday Fund will only correspond with a supporter organisation and not the individual. If you are an individual in need, please approach a suitable organisation to make the application on your behalf.


For further information, visit:  


Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT)

The latest call for applications for grant funding through the Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) programme is now open. The BSBT programme is focused on countering extremism in communities, specifically bids which are aligned with one or more following outcomes:

 • fewer people holding attitudes, beliefs and feelings that oppose shared values.

 • an increased sense of belonging and civic participation at the local level.

 • more resilient communities.

Each bid can be for a maximum of £50k for a 1 year project running April 2018 – March 2019. Bids will only be accepted from community organisations, charities etc. who can provide 1 years financial accounts

The guidelines from the Home Office includes:

• It is very important that applications are not only able to set out how the planned delivery fulfils at least one or more of the BSBT eligibility outcomes but that it also very clearly states how the bid relates to countering extremism related harms beyond terrorism and radicalisation (and therefore is distinct to Prevent).

• It should be clear what activities are being suggested and why (including any possible evidence of such activities working before, if applicable).

• Groups should think about why the project is important, how it links with work already being done and (if applicable) how it will link to future work/plans.

• It is also helpful to know about the sustainability of the work.

• Whilst detail is important, wherever possible applicants should be succinct in their responses. The Home Office are expecting a large number of applications and whilst each one will be carefully considered, strong points can sometimes be lost in long responses that aren’t wholly addressing what is being asked.

Applications need to be received by 5pm on Friday 16 February 2018.

All information is available via this link



Environmental Improvement Grant

Local community groups in the Derwent Valley AAP area can apply for an Environmental Improvement grant for their village/community.

One of the partnership's priorities for this coming year is ‘Environment’ and this fund will look to support those communities and volunteers who wish to help improve the areas where they live, yet may not have the full resources to do so. We know many groups and individuals are undertaking fantastic work and making a real difference in their local villages and neighbourhoods and we hope this funding will seek to support groups in helping them achieve those improvements.

Up to £10,000 is available (up to £2,000 per group/application) for eligible local voluntary and community groups and organisations who wish to undertake a scheme to improve their local environment within the Derwent Valley Partnership (DVP) area.

It is likely that not all applications will be supported given the potential demand on the funding.

The funding must be used on ‘capital items’ such as large planters/tubs, perhaps a seat, stone features etc things which will last for some years as part of a wider improvement scheme.

Closing date for applications is: Wednesday 28th February 2018

To obtain an application pack and guidance notes, please contact the DVP team on 03000 260725 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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