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.

Reminder for grants for Community Forces Day events

Please note that the closing date for grants for Community Armed Forces Day events is 1 March 2020.

Grants for Armed Forces Day Events (UK)

The Ministry of Defence offers grants of up to £10,000 to help Communities to organise  Armed Forces Day events.  Armed Forces Day will be on the 27 June 2020.  The grant will pay for up to £50% of the cost of the event.  The remainder will need to be raised by the community.  The funding can be used to pay for:

  • road closures required to hold an event, including to allow for parades and marches
  • decorations, flags and banners
  • newspaper and radio advertisements to promote the event
  • marshalling, security and first aid arrangements for the event
  • insurance
  • PA and communications systems

To apply for this grant, applicants must first register their event on the Armed Forces Day website.

For more information visit:

Grants available to upgrade to gas central heating

Residents in County Durham who have a solid fuel boiler and no central heating or electric storage radiators could upgrade to gas, thanks to a new grant scheme.

Durham County Council is working with EON Energy and 0800 Repair to provide grants to make homes more energy efficient. This involves the replacement of old solid fuel back boilers and electric radiators with new wall-mounted gas boilers and central heating, funded through grants available to qualifying applicants. To qualify for a grant towards a new boiler, applicants should be a home owner or rent from a private landlord.

Applicants must also match one of the following criteria:

  • Have solid fuel heating and have no more than one radiator installed in their home


  • Have electric storage radiators installed


  • Have a total household income less that £26,000; or be in receipt of a qualifying benefit, including a Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Attendance Allowance or are diagnosed with certain long term ill-health conditions or disabilities

To find out more about warm homes grants phone 0800 Repair on  0808 169 7127 and ask about the Free Warm Homes Fund central heating grant. Alternatively you can phone Durham County Council on 03000 260 000.

Funding Available for Chemistry Clubs in Schools and Colleges in the UK

The Royal Society of Chemistry offer grants of up to £1,000 for schools and colleges to run chemistry activities. The funds are targeted at activities run outside the normal science timetable which may be focussed on generating interest in chemistry in all ability levels or which may provide opportunities to stretch and challenge the already able and motivated.   

Applications from existing chemistry clubs looking to expand/ enhance their activities are welcome as are those from colleagues in schools and colleges who are interested in starting a club.   

An application would need to indicate how the longevity of the proposal was ensured and how best practice and experience from it might be shared within and between other (perhaps feeder) schools.   

The application needs to be made by a teacher at a primary or secondary school.  

For further details including how to apply, visit: and search on Chemistry Clubs.


Time To Change Champions Fund In County Durham

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Time To Change Champions Fund In County Durham


Last year County Durham was selected as one of eight areas to tackle mental health stigma locally after winning a bid to become one of 2019’s Time to Change Hubs.
Each funded Hub is provided with £10,000 for a Champions Fund where local champions can bid for funding to run stigma busting events and activities within their area.
Who can apply?

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be an individual who has lived experience of a mental health problem.
  • Run the activity in a Time to Change hub area (they may not live in the hub area).
  • Be registered as a Time to Change champion (by the time you deliver your activity/ event).

How much can you apply for?
You can apply for up to £500
What can the fund be used for?
The Champions Fund is a fund to empower people with lived experience of mental health problems to have conversations about mental health with those who do not identify with having lived experience, with the view to eliminating stigma and discrimination in our society.
The Fund can be used to develop and deliver an activity or an event to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination through ‘social contact’.
At Time to Change, we define Social Contact as “Conversations that take place between people who have lived experience of mental health problems and those who may not”.
When people talk to each other and establish common ground, prejudices and assumptions are often challenged and replaced with mutual understanding and respect.
This can lead to changes in attitudes and behaviours, and our campaign is proving that this is an incredibly effective way to reduce stigma and discrimination.
Activities or events can be delivered as part of a wider event where there will already be a crowd as the idea is to talk to people who wouldn’t necessarily attend a mental health related event.
What kind of things can’t be funded?
We will not fund the following:

  • Equipment (i.e. cameras, computers etc.)
  • Training courses
  • Salary costs
  • Activity solely based in a workplace (i.e. not public facing / community based).
  • Fundraising activities

See links below to sign up as a Time To Change Champion, to access Time To Change Videos and the Stamp It Out videos on You Tube.

The National Garden Scheme Community Gardens Award (England and Wales)

The National Garden Scheme Community Gardens Award provides funding (normally up to £5000) to amateur gardeners from community groups to create a garden or a similar project (such as an allotment) with a horticultural focus for the benefit of their local community.

These projects should aim to bring a community together by being a space people can share, by the acquisition and sharing of gardening knowledge and skills and by inspiring a love of gardening.

Funding could cover, for example, site preparation (including hire of small mechanical tools such as rotavators), hand tools, plants, trees, shrubs, containers and seating.

Projects that received funding in 2019 were:

  • Echo – Leominster – Horticulture for those with physical, sensory or mental health needs £2,667

  • Ashley Vale Action Group – Bristol – To create a community garden £2,785

  • Kyra Women’s Project – York – to create a sensory garden for Women experiencing loneliness or in crisis £800

  • Ripon Community Link – North Yorkshire – Develop a site, install water supply and irrigation & a greenhouse £2,300

  • St Ann’s Allotments – Nottingham -To renovate dilapidated allotments £2,000

  • The Court Community Garden Project – Powys – Enhancement of grounds around sheltered accommodation £1,316

  • The Therapy Garden -Guildford – Gardening for adults and children with mental health challenges  £3,000

  • YMCA East Surrey – Redhill – Gardening for disabled people aged 16 – 30 £1,340


    Total awarded £16,208 

The closing date for applications is 31 December 2019 with applications being considered in February 2020 and applicants advised of the outcome during March. 

For further details including how to apply, visit: