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.

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



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.


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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:

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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

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Please mark posted entries for the attention of M Walton 




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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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.