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.

Digital Inclusion Fund

The Digital Inclusion Fund has been launched to help older and disabled people get digital skills and aims to support projects designing, researching or delivering digital inclusion programmes.

Charities and not for profit organisations are eligible and can apply for grants between £50k and £200k.

The deadline for completed applications is midday Monday 1 October 2018. Successful applications will be notified no later than 12 November 2018.

For more information visit



Community Arts & Culture Small Grants Scheme (CDCF and DCC)

The aim of the Community Arts & Culture Grants Scheme is to support community organisations in County Durham seeking to develop and deliver high quality cultural experiences, which increase participation in the arts.

The project is an initiative by Durham County Council (DCC) Culture & Sport service which is match funded by the County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF).

All applications are required to fit with CDCF funding criteria and demonstrate that they meet the DCC objective of more people of all ages and abilities engaging and participating in cultural experiences.

Funding can be applied for covering any creative project that achieves at least one of the below outcomes:

  • Enhances opportunities for children & young people
  • Improves levels of wellbeing through engagement in community arts
  • Prioritises work with disadvantaged communities, and underrepresented groups e.g. disability, BAME, LGBT
  • Improves and enhances skills for grant recipients to improve capacity, quality and sustainability of activity

Size of Grant Available

  • Grants of between £500 and £2,000 are available
  • You can hold more than one grant from this fund, up to a maximum of £2000
  • Organisations should not expect to receive repeat funding from the Grants Scheme 

This is a rolling fund and the next round of funding will close on Sunday 16th September 2018.

For further information, visit:

If you would like to discuss any potential ideas for projects please contact:

Amy Taylor

Community Culture Development Co-ordinator (North & Central),

Durham County Council | ReaL Services | Culture and Sport Services

County Hall |  Durham | DH1 5UL

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Tel: 03000 262 925

Please note that Amy’s working days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday.


Integrated Communities Innovation Fund - New Funding Announced (England)


In partnership with Sport England, the UK Government is calling for applications to the new Integrated Communities Innovation Fund. The first stage invites short expressions of interest by 11.45pm on 20 August 2018.


The Fund will help drive forward the proposals to tackle the key causes of poor integration set out in the government’s Integrated Communities Strategy green paper, by offering support to projects using innovative approaches to tackle the barriers to integration and build integrated communities. The Fund will build understanding about what works to support integration in different community settings.


Organisations across the country are invited to come forward with innovative ideas to support integration approaches. These approaches may also help to reduce or prevent loneliness,


The prospectus provides details of the aims of the new Integrated Communities Innovation Fund, what kind of approaches the Government are looking to support, and how you can apply. It also includes details of the funding available and guidance on how to submit an expression of interest.


For further details, including the prospectus, assessment criteria and expression of interest form please visit:


The Magic Little Grants Fund


Localgiving has teamed up with Postcode Community Trust to provide a free annual Localgiving membership and a grant of £500 to small charities and community groups


The Magic Little Grants Fund provides local charities and community groups the opportunity to access funding to deliver engaging physical activities, which help to overcome barriers to participation.


To benefit from funding, projects need to meet either of the following themes:


  • Overcoming barriers to participation in physical activities in creative ways

  • Increasing social cohesion through developing access to sports and other recreational activities


As part of the grant, you will also be awarded 12 months membership with Localgiving to support you with fundraising online throughout the year.


Localgiving Membership Benefits include:


Match fund campaigns 


You can take part in regular match fund campaigns to boost the value of your donations.


Easy Online Fundraising


From fundraising pages to crowd-funded pages, we can help you elevate your online fundraising.


Plus donating is quick, easy and 100% secure.


One to One Support


Get free help, support and advice from experienced fundraisers via our friendly help desk team.


Free training and webinars


Access regular support through our training webinars and fundraising workshops.


Automated Gift Aid


We process the Gift Aid so you don’t have to, automatically transferring it to your account, even if you're not registered with the Charity Commission!


In-Depth Reporting


Detailed finance and marketing reports provide data to help you engage with supporters, cultivate long-term relationships and secure regular donations.





To access The Magic Little Grants Fund you must meet the following eligibility criteria:


  • Be eligible to join Localgiving:


  • Have charitable aims that are not solely for the  advancement of religion

  • Operate on local / regional community initiatives and not be a national charity

  • have a UK bank account in the name of the group


  • Have an annual income under £50,000. Priority will be given to organisations with an annual income of under £20,000

  • Be running physical engagement project - encouraging individuals to take part in some form of physical activity to help improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing.


The application process should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. If you are successful with your funding request, you will also benefit from a free annual membership with Localgiving, funded by the Postcode Community Trust.


The application process will be open from 15th May until 31st October 2018.


Please ensure that you have downloaded and read the guidance notes to ensure that you are eligible to benefit from the funding. Please note that organisations operating in Northern Ireland are not eligible to apply.


For further details including guidance notes, please visit:





Perennial – Support for People working in Horticulture and their Families

Perennial is an occupational charity supporting those working and who have worked in horticulture and their families. 


The charity has launched a number of initiatives to assist horticultural families with the latest being their new bursary, which provides help for children in education and apprenticeships.    This can also help those struggling with the extra cost of feeding their children during the school holidays.


Some examples of what a Perennial Child Bursary could potentially fund include:


           Laptops, tablets or other electronic equipment essential for school use


           Extra-curricular activities


           Sports training equipment


           Practical equipment such as school bags or uniform


           Educational school trips


           Help with school meals


           Help with meals in school holidays



For additional information including an application form, please visit: