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.

County Durham & Darlington NHS Health Improvement Fund

Grant Range: Up to £10,000

Grant Duration: up to 12 months from grant award date

Closing Date:  noon on Friday 7th June 2019


Grant Award Date: Due to the number of applications received applicants should expect to hear by 31st August 2019.

The aim of the NHS Health Improvement Fund is to support general health and wellbeing projects that enhance the work of the NHS in County Durham and Darlington. It will consider funding work that is additional to that which would normally be expected to be provided from revenue-funded health and social care expenditure.


There are key health and wellbeing themes that the fund is looking to support. These can be found within the Health and Wellbeing Strategy for County Durham and/or Darlington and the grant guidelines. Any organisation applying to the Fund should demonstrate how their project and/or activities link with the Health and Wellbeing Strategy for County Durham or Darlington.

Eligible Organisations

The organisation does not have to be a registered charity but must have solely charitable aims.

Applications will be independently assessed by the County Durham Community Foundation and put forward to a community panel made-up of health professionals.

The decisions made by the panel will be final and all applicants will be notified about the outcome of their grant application no later than 31st August 2018.

Successful applicants will be required to submit monitoring forms to show how funding has been used to the benefit of communities and take part in any promotional and/or publicity material.

Please note that you if you received a grant in 2018 and wish to reapply, you will need to have submitted an end-of-grant report before you submit a new application to the Fund. Please contact the County Durham Community Foundation for details.

All enquiries and applications must be directed through the County Durham Community Foundation.

For guidance and an online application form please visit:  



Funding for North Durham

A funding opportunity is currently available for the North Durham area which aims to increase employment and skills, social enterprise and social inclusion in order to support social regeneration within deprived areas. This funding is being delivered as part of a CLLD project (Community Led Local Development).

Funding is available for the North Durham area which covers: Chester le Street, Pelton Fell, Whitehills and Pelton, Sacriston, South Stanley, Craghead around the outskirts of Annfield Plain, Harelaw and Dipton (Derwent Valley area). Beneficiaries must live within the eligible programme area and a full map can be found at: The minimum grant that can be applied for is £10,000. 

Organisations who are formally constituted and able to provide a copy of their organisations constitution, memorandum and articles of association/ rules or registration numbers at application stage are eligible to apply.  This may include the following but is not exhaustive: 

  • Voluntary & Community Sector Organisations

  • Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises

  • Community Interest Companies

  • Registered Charities

  • Companies Limited by Guarantee, Companies Limited by Shares

  • Parish or Town Councils, and

  • Local Authority.

  • Higher and Further Education establishments

    SME’s will need to confirm number of employees and turnover.

To find out more, please contact the North Durham CLLD Coordinator, Gemma Dobson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07384247356.



Project Genesis Trust - Small Grants Scheme

Project Genesis Trust’s Small Grants Scheme supports grants up to £500 that are benefiting the residents of the ex-district of Derwentside and are consistent with the aims and objectives of the Trust namely:

  • providing or assisting in the provision of facilities for the recreation or other leisure time occupation
  • providing or assisting in the provision of facilities to encourage the study appreciation and enjoyment of the arts (including an arts centre)

  • encouraging the understanding and appreciation of local history and other matters of historic artistic architecture or scientific interest (including a heritage centre)

  • the conservation, protection and improvement of amenity land and its flora and fauna

The Trust have asked for applications from organisation who have not received a grant from the Project Genesis Trust in the last three years.

Application forms are available from Paula Nicholson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telphone 03000 569710.

Please return completed form to Project Genesis Trust c/o Paula Nicholson, Durham County Council, Room 1/13-20, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pocket Parks and Open Spaces

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is inviting applications from communities to apply for funding to support them with establishing new pocket parks, creating safe and usable green spaces, and for helping to restore and renovate existing parks which have fallen into disrepair, bringing them back into public use.


£1 million has been allocated to this fund which will help put communities and their partners in a position to take on the management of green spaces of value to them. Full details outlining the funding and to how apply can be found by using the following link:


Please note that the deadline for completed applications is 5pm on Friday 25 January 2019.


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Funding to Celebrate Armed Forces Day 2019

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is offering funding for community celebration events and activities taking place on or around Saturday 29 June 2019 - Armed Forces Day 2019.  Grants of up to £10,000 to cover up to 50% of the costs involved in running and event may be awarded.

Event organisers should in the first instance register their event on the Armed Forces Day website here: Application Guidance

Local councils, community organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals in the UK are eligible to apply for events that:

    • Are held within 2 weeks of the Armed Forces Day, including the weekend between Saturday 22 June – Sunday 7 July 2019
    • Have ‘Armed Forces’ in the event title
    • Are relevant to today’s serving Armed Forces
    • Have free access to members of the ‘Armed Forces Family’ – Serving personnel, Veterans, Cadets and their Families (though charges may be made for parking, programs etc.)
    • Are not centred around Fundraising or Recruitment 

The Armed Forces Day website provides ideas, inspiration and resources including posters and decoration ideas; there is a dedicated resource page for schools that includes assembly kits.

The deadline for submitting applications is Monday 1 March 2019.