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.

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:




Grants Available – the Derwent Valley Partnership Project Callout

The Derwent Valley Partnership has a budget of £75,000 available and applications are invited for projects from community & voluntary or not-for-profit organisations and groups.  Projects must take place in the Derwent Valley Partnership AAP area and address at least one of our key priorities and the respective project criteria, as outlined below.  Minimum Grant limits have been agreed at £5,000.

The closing date for applications is 5:00pm on Friday 15 June 2018. 

There is £25,000 available under each of the priorities; applicants are permitted to submit an application under all three priorities, but there is a limit of one project per priority. Applications can be for either capital or revenue funding, however all applications need to have a minimum 25% capital element to them. If you need advice on the specific definitions for capital/revenue, please get in touch. Applications which have qualified ‘match’ funding are encouraged.

Our partnership priorities and the project criteria for applications are as follows:

Employment, Enterprise and Training

Projects are invited which aim to help improve positive outcomes for Derwent Valley residents to gain employment and/or access to training, we wish to also encourage enterprise.  The key issues of particular interest are: 

  • Develop future workforce skills in partnership with employers, training and education providers by supporting the development of higher level Science, Engineering and  Manufacturing (STEM) skills/qualifications, specifically in certain sectors

  • Raise the profile of the visitor economy in Consett and the Derwent Valley and its social, cultural and environmental attractions to make it a go-to place for residents and visitors.

A more detailed action plan for this priority will be available as part of your application pack


Projects are invited which help improve the Environment of Derwent Valley for communities to gain pride in where they live and also in tackling climate change issues.  Projects must address at least one of the following key issues: 

  • Encouraging people to improve their environment from a visual/aesthetic perspective both in terms of natural and built environment

  • Encouraging people to appreciate and improve their environment from a cleanliness perspective.

  • Energy Efficiency and Reducing Carbon Emission

    A more detailed action plan for this priority will be available as part of your application pack

Health and Wellbeing

Projects are invited which help support residents in the Derwent Valley area to live a happier and healthier life.  Projects must address at least one of the following key issues:

  • Reduce smoking and drinking (alcohol and caffeine in the form of high energy drinks).

  • Mental health and isolation which includes both older, younger residents and families.

  • Reducing childhood obesity.

A more detailed action plan for this priority will be available as part of your application pack

Please note, any prospective projects should have a start date no earlier than October 2018 to allow time for applications to go through our technical appraisal process.

After the closing date, all eligible applications will be assessed and ranked by our respective task groups for each of these priorities, where a series of questions may arise. You will be expected to attend a task group meeting in response to questions raised.  The task group will then choose which projects are ‘recommended’ for support by the AAP Board who will have the final decision.  Your project may not be recommended by the task group or indeed be agreed by the Board.  

Please contact us for an application pack and guidance notes,

or if you’d like further information about the process

  Telephone the DVP team on 03000 260725 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Funding available for Community Safety Projects and Initiatives


Voluntary sector organisations and community groups across County Durham and Darlington have the opportunity to apply to the £150,000 Community Safety Fund.

For more information and to apply:

The closing date for applications is Sunday 29 April 2018.

Durham4 Community funding portal

A new funding portal for community groups Durham4Community is now live.


You can sign up to the free, easy to use, Durham 4 Community website to:

  • search for funding schemes available for your group
  • apply for funding
  • get advice on producing your funding application

The portal can be accessed directly through the link above or through the Durham County Council website:

People’s Health Trust’s Active Communities funding programme

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations in County Durham, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years.

They are looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, they mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages.                                                                                                                                

They're also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this they mean a group of people who have things in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood or cover a wider area.  

The funds are targeted at the neighbourhoods which are most affected by health inequalities and the eligible areas in County Durham can be viewed on a map here

There is a simple online two stage application process with a step by step guide from start to finish.

The deadline for applications is 1.00pm on 14 March 2018.

For more information and to apply please click here

If you would like any support applying to the fund, please contact Durham Community Action on 01388 742040 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each of the 51 society lotteries and makes grants using money raised by the society lotteries through The Health Lottery.