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.

National Tree Week 2017

The Tree Council organised the first National Tree Week in 1975 and now up to a million trees are planted nationally each year as a result of this campaign.  Since 1979, Durham County Council has taken part in National Tree Week.

This year’s Tree Week will run from 25 November to 3 December 2017.

A 100% grant up to a maximum of £150 is available to Parish Councils, Community Groups and Schools wishing to undertake well-planned tree planting projects during National Tree Week.

Please note, you will be required to fund the work and then claim the grant from the County Council.  Please ensure that you keep a complete record of spending on the project.  Notes on tree planting and aftercare are available upon application.

Due to the outbreak of the potentially serious disease Chalara dieback which affects Ash trees, as a precaution - Ash hedgerow trees will not be permitted to be planted under this grant scheme until the full impact that the disease will have is known.

Should you wish to apply for a grant, for an application form, please contact:

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: 03000 267133

As requests will be on a first come, first served basis provided you fit the criteria, early application is recommended.

Completed application forms should be returned to:

Tree Week, Landscape & Arboriculture,

Regeneration and Local Services,

Durham County Council,

County Hall,



by Monday 13th November 2017

Tel: 03000 267 133

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Please mark posted entries for the attention of M Walton 




Celebrating Participation in Healthcare Grants


Community grants of up to £2000 to highlight patient and public participation in the voluntary sector – apply now!



NHS England’s celebrating participation in healthcare’ community grants scheme is open for applications for the third year. Grants of up to £2000 are available to voluntary/community organisations to showcase how they have been involving patients, service-users and the public in improving health services.



To apply you must be a voluntary or community organisation and be able to share your project successes in a creative way. Full details of eligibility and how to apply can be found on the NHS England website.



The deadline for applications is midnight on 31October 2017.



Aviva Community Fund to Re-open for Applications (UK)

The Aviva Community Fund is expected to re-open for applications on 12th September 2017. Community organisations can apply for funding from £1,000 - £25,000 to support their projects within one of the following categories:


  • Health and Wellbeing

  • Skills for Life

  • Community support

  • Inclusivity

Applicants must obtain support from the community for their application in the form of votes.  Applications receiving the most votes will progress to the final to be judged.  

Voting starts on 23rd October 2017 and applicants must submit their project by 10th October 2017.  

The fund is open to anyone over 18 years living in the UK. If the applicant is under 18 years, they must provide the consent of an appropriate adult linked to the project submitted.


For further information visit:




‘Curiosity’ Fund to Engage Disadvantaged Young People in Science (UK)


BBC Children in Need in partnership with the Wellcome Trust have launched a new £2.5 million ‘Curiosity’ Fund to use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK.


Applications are invited for grants of up to £10,000 to fund projects that engage children and young people in science based activities.


The Fund is not about formal education. Projects should encourage young people to be curious about the world around them and inside them, making a positive difference in their lives: building confidence and self-esteem, developing life skills and expanding horizons.


Applications are welcomed from not-for-profit organisations with a track record of working with disadvantaged children and young people up to 18 years old and living in the UK.


If you already have a grant with BBC Children in Need or Wellcome, you can still apply.


Schools that want to apply should do so in partnership with a local community based organisation. The closing date for applications is midnight on the 22nd September 2017.


For more details visit:



Funding for Projects using Rugby to Tackle Social Challenges (England)

Charities, not-for-profit organisations and rugby clubs across England that use Rugby to tackle a number of social challenges can shortly apply for grants of up to £100,000 for projects lasting 2 - 3 years. Funding from England Rugby and distributed by Comic Relief through the ‘Try for Change Fund’ (large grants programme).  

Priority will be given to projects which target the most vulnerable and marginalised groups. Successful projects must work towards at least one of the following outcomes:  

  • Increase community cohesion/social integration

  • Improve educational attainment

  • Increase employability

  • Reduce involvement in gangs and reduce the risk of re-offending

  • Improve mental and physical health  

The fund will open for applications on 4th September and close for applications on 2nd of October 2017.


For further information visit: