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 from the Derwent Valley Partnership for Holiday Activities in December 2021

Our ‘Fun and Food’ Fund aims to support local community groups, schools, early years settings and organisations in the Derwent Valley area to deliver activities, with healthy food provision, for children and young people during the December Christmas holiday period.

Applicants can apply for a small grant, minimum amount of £500, and must include a healthy meal (breakfast, lunch or tea) as part of the activity.

Application forms and guidance notes are available from the Derwent Valley Partnership Team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephoning: 07818 310365.

Deadline for fully completed applications and supporting documents is 12 noon, Monday 15 November 2021.

Grants for Armed Forces Day Events

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to local councils, organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals for Armed Forces Day events across the UK.

The Ministry of Defence is providing funding for events such as tea parties, parades, big band concerts, civil war military re-enactments, and live and static demonstrations to be held on or in the weeks around the 25th June 2022.

Funding could be used to cover road closures required to hold an event, decorations, flags and banners, newspaper and radio advertisements, security and first aid arrangements, and PA and communications systems.

Grants can cover up to half the total cost of the event.

The fund will be open to applications from the 1st November 2021 until the 1st March 2022.

https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/get-involved/organise-your-own-event/apply-for-funding/

Funding available for community venues

Community centres in County Durham, which are helping their local area to recover from Covid, are set to receive hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding.

We’re inviting venues around the county, which offer vital activities and services, to apply for grants which will support them to open safely in the wake of the pandemic.

A total of £734,000 will be available through the Covid Outbreak Management Fund to enable valued centres to open safely and support their local communities.

Find out more: http://ow.ly/lEby50FRDQt

Derwent Valley Partnership ‘Call for Projects’ - Round Two

Funding is available from the Derwent Valley Partnership for projects that address the themes within our ‘Employment, Enterprise and Training’ (EET) priority:

  • Theme one: Support those furthest from the labour market into employment and provide a variety of training and skills/development opportunities to support varying levels.
  • Theme two: Support the sustainable development of business, hospitality, leisure, and visitor sectors, and in the short term, their recovery from the impact of Covid-19.

The priority also links to our overarching ‘Community Recovery’ work which aims to support our communities recover from the impact of Covid-19.

The minimum grant that can be applied for is £5k and projects must take place in the Derwent Valley Partnership area / benefit its residents.

Expressions of interest must have a minimum 25% capital element and match funding is encouraged although not essential.

Applicant organisations are eligible to submit a maximum of one expression of interest only related to this priority theme.

Closing date for expressions of interest is 12pm noon on Friday 8 October 2021.

For further details, or to request an ‘Expression of Interest Pack’, please email us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Derwent Valley Partnership ‘Call for Projects’ - Round One

Funding is available from the Derwent Valley Partnership for projects that meet at least one of the 2 priorities and subthemes:

Priority: Environment

  • Theme one: Environment, transport, resource use and air quality.
  • Theme two: Nature, woodlands and habitats.
  • Theme three: ‘Green’ employment, training and skills opportunities.

Priority: Health and Wellbeing

  • Theme one: Mental health.
  • Theme two: Suicide prevention.
  • Theme three: Social isolation.
  • Theme four: Bereavement support.

Each of the above priorities also link to our overarching ‘Community Recovery’ work which aims to support our communities recover from the impact of Covid-19.

The minimum grant that can be applied for is £5k and projects must take place in the Derwent Valley Partnership area / benefit its residents.

Applicants are eligible to submit a maximum of one expression of interest under both the ‘Environment’ and ‘Health and Wellbeing’ priorities.  If proposals cover both, then applicants need to outline which one they feel their project best fits in to, please note however the DVP Team have overall discretion with regards to which category your proposal is best placed in.

Closing date for expressions of interest is 12pm, Tuesday 31 August 2021.

For further details or to request an ‘Expression of Interest Pack’ for either the Environment or Health and Wellbeing priority (stating which priority you are interested in), please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07818 510365.

Round Two, with a specific focus on ‘Employment, enterprise and/or training’, will be launched in due course.  Keep an eye on here and our Facebook page for details.