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.

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.

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.

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

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: 03000 262 925

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


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



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: