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.

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.


Please feel free to share this information via your own networks if appropriate.



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.

Funding available for National Tree Week 2018

The first National Tree Week was organised by the Tree Council 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 which will run from 24 November to 2 December 2018.

A 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. 

For more information and to apply for an application form, please click on the link:

Completed application forms should be returned by Friday 16 November 2018.

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 we know the full impact that the disease will have.

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.



Derwent Valley Partnership Youth Fund

Applications are now open for the DVP Youth Fund for projects that address issues of drugs and alcohol and the impact on local young people, their families and the wider community. Projects have to take place within the Derwent Valley Partnership area (Consett and surrounding villages).

To obtain an application form and guidance notes, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deadline for applications is Friday 14th December 2018.