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.

Broadband funding for rural communities

More funding has been made available to help County Durham’s rural residents and businesses access a gigabit-capable broadband service. 

Durham County Council will pay up to an additional £1,500 per residential premises and £3,500 per SME to help connect harder-to-reach communities. This ‘top-up’ doubles the funding amount currently available under the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) for eligible applicants. For homes, the maximum funding per voucher is £3,000, while SMEs (small and medium enterprises) can claim up to £7,000. 

The top up is available to rural properties, that are part of the Durham County Council local authority area and have download speeds of less than 30 Megabits per second (Mbps). 

The vouchers must be used as part of a group project of two or more properties in the same community, as this allows for the funding to be pooled together to subsidise the cost of installing a connection. 

Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis until the end of March 2021, when applications to the scheme will close. 

Follow the instructions below to check if your area is eligible and to start the process or contact us with any questions about the scheme. 

How do I check if my area is eligible? 

Visit the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) website and use the postcode checker to confirm eligibility:  

If you’re eligible, the next step is to select and contact one of the registered suppliers detailed as ‘Active’ in County Durham on the GBVS website. 

Your supplier will help confirm what funding your community is eligible for. A separate application for the top-up funding is not required.’



Funding to boost rural broadband access

More funding is being made available to help County Durham’s rural businesses and residents access a faster internet connection.

Durham County Council is adding £500,000 to top up a government funding scheme, helping to connect properties in some of the hardest to reach areas of the country.

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) offers a one-off contribution to businesses and residents in rural areas to subsidise the installation costs of a gigabit-capable, full-fibre broadband connection.

Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis until the end of March 2021, when applications to the scheme will close.

Find out more here 

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

Part of the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, the Positive Pathways programme has a further two rounds of funding available.  Fixed grants of £35,000 is available for projects developed by and for veterans.  Projects should aim to improve veterans’ mental health and wellbeing by getting veterans out and active.

To find out more about the fund, eligibility and how to apply visit

Deadline dates: 4th round closes at noon on 25 August 2020 with a decision made in November 2020. The 5th round will close at noon on 30 November 2020 with a decision made in February 2021.

Community Safety Fund


Community groups and voluntary sector organisations can apply for a grant between £2,500 and £10,000 from the County Durham & Darlington Community Safety Fund.

Steve White, Acting Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC), continues the partnership with local grant-making charity County Durham Community Foundation. Under this partnership, the PCVC contributes £100,000 to the Fund and a further £50,000 comes from grant funds managed by the Foundation.

Funding is available for projects and initiatives, which help to keep communities safe and contribute towards inspiring public confidence.

Preference will be given to projects that can show they are embedded in a community, and focus on a specific locality, as opposed to projects with a wider but lighter touch approach.

The closing date for applications for the fund is 12pm on Sunday 11 October 2020.

More details about the community safety fund, including how to apply, can be found at

You can also contact County Durham Community Foundation on 0191 3786340

Tesco Covid-19 Emergency Funding

Tesco's Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Funding is open for not for profit organisations to apply.

The programme will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations, including schools, who are supporting vulnerable groups, as part of their emergency response in supporting local communities. Find out more at:

Applications are being processed quickly in order to provide support to communities in need.