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.

Derwent Valley Partnership ‘Call for Projects’ - Round One

Funding is available from the Derwent Valley Partnership for projects that meet at least one of the 2 priorities and subthemes:

Priority: Environment

  • Theme one: Environment, transport, resource use and air quality.
  • Theme two: Nature, woodlands and habitats.
  • Theme three: ‘Green’ employment, training and skills opportunities.

Priority: Health and Wellbeing

  • Theme one: Mental health.
  • Theme two: Suicide prevention.
  • Theme three: Social isolation.
  • Theme four: Bereavement support.

Each of the above priorities also link to our overarching ‘Community Recovery’ work which aims to support our communities recover from the impact of Covid-19.

The minimum grant that can be applied for is £5k and projects must take place in the Derwent Valley Partnership area / benefit its residents.

Applicants are eligible to submit a maximum of one expression of interest under both the ‘Environment’ and ‘Health and Wellbeing’ priorities.  If proposals cover both, then applicants need to outline which one they feel their project best fits in to, please note however the DVP Team have overall discretion with regards to which category your proposal is best placed in.

Closing date for expressions of interest is 12pm, Tuesday 31 August 2021.

For further details or to request an ‘Expression of Interest Pack’ for either the Environment or Health and Wellbeing priority (stating which priority you are interested in), please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07818 510365.

Round Two, with a specific focus on ‘Employment, enterprise and/or training’, will be launched in due course.  Keep an eye on here and our Facebook page for details.

Suicide Prevention Small Grants

Voluntary and community organisations can apply for grants to develop and implement community-based activities that will have a positive effect on the mental health and emotional wellbeing, particularly those people who are the most vulnerable or isolated within our communities.

Grants between £1,000 and £5,000 are available and all projects must be completed within 12 months of receiving the funding.

The deadline for applications is Friday 10 September 2021.

To request an Application form and Guidelines, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Durham Freemasons Grant to support projects to help health and social care / emergency workers

Throughout the devastating Covid-19 pandemic, there has been widespread recognition that NHS health and social care / emergency workers have been battling fear, anxiety, and exhaustion and as such many have been adversely affected in many ways.

The Freemasons of the Province of Durham have £20,000 available to organisations to support projects to help any health and social care / emergency workers who have been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The projects, which can be of any nature, can help support, develop, and improve the health and the emotional and psychological well-being of the identified groups with:

  • Debts.
  • Private medical treatment fees.
  • Private education fees.
  • Nursing home fees.
  • Educational grants, study fees or course costs.
  • Legal fees.

Closing date for applications is 31 July 2021.

For more information, visit:

Future Farming Resilience Fund


Tailored business support for farmers during the agricultural transition will be made available from August 2021.

The Future Farming Resilience Fund has been developed to provide business support to farmers and land managers to help them navigate the changes over this period. The support will be available, free of charge, from August this year through to March 2022 and any farmer or land manager currently in receipt of BPS is eligible to apply.

The scheme aims to deliver direct benefits to farmers and land managers by enabling them to:  

  • Help understand the changes that are happening as a result of the Agricultural Transition;
  • Identify how, what and when you may need to adapt your business model; 
  • Access tailored support to address these changes. 

Click here for more information

Listed below are the details of the 19 provider organisations who have been awarded grants to provide the service. Those suppliers covering County Durham have been marked in bold.

  • AHDB
  • Berrys
  • Brown & Co
  • Bury Beet Group
  • Ceres Rural LLP
  • Devon County Council
  • DJM Consulting
  • JH Agri Consultancy
  • Kite Consulting
  • Landworkers Alliance
  • Laurence Gould Partnership
  • M B Hodgson & Son Limited
  • Natural Enterprise
  • NIAB
  • Promar International
  • Ricardo-AEA Ltd
  • RSK ADAS Limited
  • SRUC
  • The Prince’s Countryside Fund

Further information of grant providers, geographical coverage and contact details can be found on Defra’s Farming Is Changing blog on GOV.UK.






Tesco Community Grants

Tesco Community Grants fund thousands of local community projects across the UK, helping to fight holiday hunger, tackle mental health, support young people, host community events and much more.

For more information about the grant and how to apply visit Tesco Community Grants